Mercury

5362
Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered12.6.1755BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.7.1755BWAS-1714
Named17.7.1755BWAS-1714
Launched2.3.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.2.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassGibraltar ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked24.12.1777BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck107' 8"Imperial Feet32.6426 
Length of Keel88' 6"Imperial Feet26.8415 
Breadth30' 4"Imperial Feet9.2456 
Depth in Hold9' 8"Imperial Feet2.9464 
Draught Forward6' 9"Imperial Feet2.0574 
Draught Aft13' 3"Imperial Feet3.9878 
Burthen433 1694Tons BM 

Armament


2.3.1756Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.1753160Design Complement

9 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
11.2.1756 - 23.3.1757Captain Vincent Pearce (d.1759) Transfered ADM 6/18/235BWAS-171423.3.1757 - 9.7.1759Captain Edmund Affleck (1725-1788) Transfered ADM 6/18/373BWAS-17149.7.1759 - 5.11.1761Captain Jonathon Faulknor (c.1729-1795) ADM 6/19/76BWAS-17145.11.1761 - 13.1.1762Captain John Houlton (c.1728-1791) Transfered ADM 6/19/362ADM 6/1913.1.1762 - 30.3.1764Captain Samuel Granston Goodall (d.1801) ADM 6/19/380BWAS-171426.5.1768 - 22.8.1770Captain William Locker (1731-1800) ADM 6/20/203ADM 6/2022.8.1770 - 2.10.1773Captain Robert Keeler (c.1735-c.1811) ADM 6/20/288BWAS-171410.1.1774 - 14.11.1775Captain John Macartney (c.1730-1781) ADM 6/21/3BWAS-171414.11.1775 - 24.12.1777Captain James Montagu (1752-1794) ADM 6/21/136BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
1.7.1755Began building at Harwich Dockyard - Harwich BWAS-1714
2.3.1756Completed building at Harwich Dockyard - Harwich at a cost of £3529.19.9dBWAS-1714
4.7.1756Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
24.7.1756Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £871.12.10dBWAS-1714
17.9.1757Sailed for New York and the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1759At LisbonBWAS-1714
4.1759In the DownsBWAS-1714
20.6.1761Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
1763In South CarolinaBWAS-1714
30.3.1764

Paid off

BWAS-1714
25.8.1764SurveyedBWAS-1714
1770Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
14.4.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
8.1770RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1770Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £7662.15.10dBWAS-1714
20.10.1770Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
2.10.1773

Paid off

BWAS-1714
11.1773Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1774RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1774Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £649.6.4dBWAS-1714
15.3.1774Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
2.1777Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1777Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3446.5.4dBWAS-1714
24.12.1777Wrecked near New YorkBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1.1.1775-1.1.1775North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775 Samuel Graves (1713-1787) 
 

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