Mermaid

2795
Nominal Guns24
NationalityCommonwealth of England
OperatorState Navy
Launched1651
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardLimehouse - London
ConstructorMathew Graves
CategoryFifth Rate
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up to Rebuild1689
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate demi-batterie 'Mermaid' (1689) (32)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck105' 0"Imperial Feet32.004 
Length of Keel86' 0"Imperial Feet26.2128 
Breadth25' 0"Imperial Feet7.62 
Depth in Hold10' 0"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen285 8594Tons BM 

Armament


1651Broadside Weight = 92 Imperial Pound ( 41.7221 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck18 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck4 British Saker

1666Broadside Weight = 126.75 Imperial Pound ( 57.48135 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck22 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck9 British Saker
Gun Deck2 British 3-Pounder

1677Broadside Weight = 114.5 Imperial Pound ( 51.926 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck18 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker
Gun Deck4 British Minions

1685Broadside Weight = 98.5 Imperial Pound ( 44.6701 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck12 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck4 British Saker Cutts
Gun Deck10 British Saker
Gun Deck4 British Minions

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1651100 BWAS-1603
1660110 BWAS-1603

19 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1652 - 1653CaptainRichard Stayner (d.1662)BWAS-16031653 - 10.1653CaptainJohn KingBWAS-160310.1653 - 1655CaptainJames Ableson (d.1665)W0151656 - 1660CaptainPeter Foote (d.1666)BWAS-160324.10.1661 - 20.2.1662/63CaptainEdward Nixon (d.1665)B05124.10.1664 - 16.4.1665CaptainJohn KingB05117.4.1665 - 6.12.1665CaptainJasper GrantB0518.12.1665 - 11.12.1668CaptainGeorge WatsonB05110.1.1671/72 - 9.4.1672CaptainThomas HamiltonB05117.4.1672 - 21.6.1672CaptainErik Carlsson Sjöblad (1647-1725)BWAS-160322.6.1672 - 8.8.1673CaptainJohn Temple (d.1687)BWAS-160310.12.1673 - 28.5.1674CaptainRichard Tapson (d.1678)BWAS-16034.4.1677 - 17.9.1677CaptainWilliam Flawes (d.1679)BWAS-160320.9.1677 - 21.5.1678CaptainDavid Lloyd (d.1714)BWAS-16031.6.1678 - 12.6.1679CaptainDaniel Jones (d.1693/94)BWAS-160315.3.1679/80 - 24.11.1681CaptainDavid Trotter (d.1683)BWAS-16033.7.1682 - 24.2.1682/83CaptainJohn TyrrellBWAS-16031684 - 1688CaptainWilliam CliffordBWAS-160324.10.1688 - 12.2.1688/89CaptainThomas Ley (d.1702)BWAS-1603

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
3.8.1651 - 1651PurserRichard LatchfordSPD-16515.9.1651 - 1651GunnerCharles AshtonSPD-1651

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
8.1.1686/87 - 1.2.1689/90Able SeamanRobert Hay (c.1660-?) ADM 107/1/93ADM 107/110.11.1687 - 4.10.1689Able SeamanThomas Russell (c.1659-1739/40) ADM 107/1/100ADM 107/1

Service History


DateEventSource
19.5.1652Battle of Dover
1653Off the Dutch Coast during the winter of 1653/54BWAS-1603
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
1654In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
4.4.1655Battle of Porto Farina
7.1656In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1662At TangierBWAS-1603
4.1665Took the Dutch privateer Yonge LeeweBWAS-1603
13.4.1665Action of 1665-04-13
3.6.1665Battle of Lowestoft
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
1678In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1682Voyage to BarbadosBWAS-1603
1684Back in home watersBWAS-1603
1686Sailed with a squadron to Salee, returning in 1688BWAS-1603
10.1688Reclassed as a fireshipBWAS-1603
12.2.1688/89Paid offADM 51


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1659-1659British Baltic Fleet 1659Edward Montagu (d.1672) 

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
W015English Parliamentary JournalsVariousWeb Site
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
SPD-1651Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1651Mary Anne Everett Green (editor)Book
ADM 107/1ADM 107/1 1691-1703 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
 

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