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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 ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1765
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Peter Everitt MestaerBritish
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1800-1801
BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-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
ref:692
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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