Merlin -> 1757 Zephyr

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Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench sloop 'Le Merlin' (1757) (10)
Captured8.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1.11.1757BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714
Captured23.8.1778BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench corvette 'Le Zéphyr' (1778) (14)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck86' 6 ½"Imperial Feet26.2255 
Length of Keel70' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet21.3424 
Breadth24' 5 ½"Imperial Feet7.3279 
Depth in Hold10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Burthen223 1694Tons BM 

Armament


8.1757Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.1757100 BWAS-1714

11 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.11.1757 - 3.5.1762CommanderWilliam Greenwood (c.1720-1796) ADM 6/18/450BWAS-17143.5.1762 - 15.7.1763CommanderJohn Lewis Gidoin (c.1727-1796) ADM 6/19/405BWAS-17148.9.1763 - 18.1.1764CommanderJames Bremer (c.1723-1774) ADM 6/19/536ADM 6/1911.4.1764 - 8.2.1766CommanderJohn Hamilton (1726-1784) ADM 6/20/21BWAS-17148.2.1766 - 15.12.1767CommanderCornthwaite Ommanney (1736-1801) ADM 6/20/106BWAS-17147.6.1770 - 25.6.1773CommanderWilliam Chaloner Burnaby (1746-1794) ADM 6/20/280BWAS-171425.6.1773 - 21.1.1775CommanderJames Reid (c.1733-1798) ADM 6/20/500ADM 6/2022.1.1775 - 23.6.1775CaptainJohn Stott (c.1729-1778)BWAS-171423.6.1775 - 30.5.1776CommanderWilliam Waldegrave (1753-1825) ADM 6/21/121
Issued by Robert Man (1721-1783), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 16.9.1775
BWAS-1714
24.6.1776 - 30.5.1777CommanderRobert Man (1745-1813) ADM 6/21/201
Issued by Robert Man (1721-1783), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 24.7.1776
BWAS-1714
30.5.1777 - 23.8.1778CommanderThomas West ADM 6/21/373
Issued by Robert Man (1721-1783), The Mediterranean Sea
BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
14.9.1757Purchased at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1663.4.2dBWAS-1714
16.9.1757Renamed ZephyrBWAS-1714
11.1757RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1758Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1758Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1313.0.2dBWAS-1714
9.4.1758Sailed for North CarolinaBWAS-1714
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
7.1762Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
18.1.1764Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1764Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
15.12.1767

Paid off

BWAS-1714
3.2.1768SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.1768Began large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
8.1768Completed large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2146.15.8dBWAS-1714
5.1770Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
6.1770RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1770Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1241.15.9dBWAS-1714
31.8.1770Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
14.6.1773

Paid off

BWAS-1714
1.1775Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
3.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1775Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2419.12.11dBWAS-1714
23.5.1775Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
23.8.1778Taken by Gracieuse (26)


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
 

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