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Mercury

5363
Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered22.1.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down25.3.1778BWAS-1714
Launched9.12.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing and Queen Dock - Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise Class (1771)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Peter Everitt MestaerBritish
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1800-1801
BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up1.1814BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet36.5951 
Length of Keel99' 10 ½"Imperial Feet30.1879 
Breadth33' 9"Imperial Feet10.1346 
Depth in Hold11' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen605 1294Tons BM 

Armament


9.12.1779Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1.1771200Design Complement

16 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
27.10.1779 - 1.1.1780Captain
John ColpoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1809
Transfered ADM 6/22/41
ADM 104
1.1.1780 - 16.5.1782Captain
Isaac PrescottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1814
ADM 6/22/74
BWAS-1714
24.5.1782 - 24.9.1782Captain
William CarlyonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1763-1800
Transfered ADM 6/22/472
BWAS-1714
24.9.1782 - 10.4.1783Captain
Sir Henry Edwin StanhopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1812
ADM 6/22/520
BWAS-1714
10.4.1783 - 11.7.1786Captain
Sir Henry Edwin StanhopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1812
ADM 6/23/47
ADM 6/23
23.5.1788 - 6.5.1791Captain
Augustus MontgomeryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1794
ADM 6/23/463
BWAS-1714
10.1795 - 4.1797Captain
George ByngBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1830
BWAS-1714
4.1797 - 1801Captain
Thomas RogersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1814
BWAS-1714
1.4.1803 - 8.1805Captain
Duncombe Pleydall BouverieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1846
BWAS-1714
8.1805 - 6.1807Captain
Charles PellyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1812
BWAS-1714
6.1807 - 11.1808Captain
James Alexander GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1868
BWAS-1714
11.1808 - 3.1810Captain
Henry DuncanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1822
BWAS-1714
5.1810 - 6.1810Lieutenant
William WebbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1810
BWAS-1714
6.1810 - 11.1811Commander
John TancockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1818
BWAS-1714
11.1811 - 8.1813Commander
Clement MilwardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1846
BWAS-1714
8.1813 - 1814Commander
Sir John Charles RichardsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1814
BWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
19.4.1783 - 21.4.1785Second Lieutenant
The Hon. John CurzonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1785
ADM 6/23/52
ADM 6/23
21.4.1783 - 11.7.1786First Lieutenant
Richard NashBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1789
ADM 6/23/53
ADM 6/23
9.1.1791 - 9.8.1791Acting Lieutenant
Charles BullenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1852
NBD1849
1798 - 11.9.1798Lieutenant
Robert BaylisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1795
TNC
1809Lieutenant
Watkin Owen PellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1861
TRN5
1809Lieutenant
Robert James GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1819
TRN5

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
22.8.1805 - 16.3.1806Master
Edward BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1807
ADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
12.7.1803 - 1804Midshipman
William Bohun BowyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1830
NBD1849
10.1809 - 3.1810Midshipman
Edward BlanckleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1841
NBD1849

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1.4.1800 - 6.18031st Class Volunteer
John WillisonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1816
NBD1849
9.5.1803 - 12.7.18031st Class Volunteer
William Bohun BowyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1830
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
9.12.1779building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £6805.7.0dBWAS-1714
9.12.1779Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
24.2.1780Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6797.19.0dBWAS-1714
6.4.1780Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
27.6.1783Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714
11.7.1786

Paid off

BWAS-1714
8.1787Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1.1788Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £5361.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1788RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1788Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
7.1788Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £3463.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.9.1788Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
6.5.1791

Paid off

ADM 51
7.1795Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1795RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1796Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6151.0.0dBWAS-1714
1798On the Lisbon StationBWAS-1714
5.1.1798Took the Privateer
Le Benjamin (16) 1797-1798
French 16 Gun
Privateer
on the Lisbon Station

15.1.1798Took the Brig
Les Trois Soeurs (16) 1797-1798
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig
on the Lisbon Station

17.1.1798Took the Brig
L'Aigle (16) 1797-1798
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig

25.1.1798Took the Privateer
La Constance (12) 1797-1798
French 12 Gun
Privateer
on the Lisbon Station
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6.1798Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
2.1799Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1799Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6973.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1799Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
5.2.1800Took the Privateer
L'Egyptienne (15) 1800-1800
French 15 Gun
Privateer
off the Isle of Wight

5.5.1800Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
31.7.1800Arrived off AlexandriaBWAS-1714
20.1.1801Took the Corvette
La Sans Pareille (18) 1798-1801
French 18 Gun
Unrated Corvette
in the Mediterranean

27.6.1801Took the Privateer
Le Tigre (8) 1801-1801
French 8 Gun
Privateer
by boat off Venice

4.1803Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Floating Battery
5.1803fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.2.1805Took the Unrated
Fuerte de Gibraltar (4) 1805-1805
Spanish 4 Gun
Unrated

12.5.1806Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
9.1807Sailed with a convoy for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
6.3.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
4.4.1808Action off Rota
4.5.1808In action with gunboats off CadizBWAS-1714
1.4.1809The boats of the Mercury, under Lieutenant
Watkin Owen PellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1861
, rowed into the port of Rovigno under a heavy fire, and boarded and carried the French gunboat Leda, with a loss of 5 killed and wounded
TRN5
1.4.1809Took the Gunboat
Leda (1) 1809-1809
French 1 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
port of Rovigno

23.4.1809Bombardment of Pesaro
2.5.1809In company with
Spartan (38) 1806-1822
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, landed men at Cesenatico, seized the town and captured twelve coasters without loss
TRN5
15.5.1809A party under Lieutenant
Robert James GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1819
, destroyed seven coasters in the Italian harbour of Rodi
TRN5
7.9.1809Took the Schooner
Pugliese 1808-1809
Neapolitan Unrated Schooner
cut out from Barletta

3.1810Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1810RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1810Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1811On the Lisbon StationBWAS-1714
11.1811Commissioned for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1813Commissioned in the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1.1814Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 25th of December 2021 09:40

25 May 1801 captured a small vessel just out of Ancona, and attempted to re-capture the late British bomb-vessel Bulldog the names of the men killed and wounded were: John Gray, seaman; Morgan Davis, marine, killed. Wm. Haines, Thomas Guillain, Wm. Morris, Henry Mew, wounded. The Bulldog was subsequently recaptured in Sep 1801


Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 25th of December 2021 04:53

5 Apr 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, on Mr. John Hopgood, Boatswain of the Mercury, for absenting himself without leave. Having been found guilty he was sentenced to be dismissed from his present post and to serve in the Navy as the Lords of the Admiralty shall direct.

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