Merlin

5371
Nominal Guns14B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
Acquired1652B028
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1603
ConstructorJohn TaylorBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeGalley
Captured13.10.1665B028
BecomesDutch Sixth Rate galley 'Galei van Dover' (1665) (22)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel75' 0"Imperial Feet22.86 
Breadth18' 0"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Depth in Hold7 ' 8"Imperial Feet2.3368 
Draught Aft9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen129' 2494Tons BM 

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1.165250 B117
166060 BWAS-1603
166535Establishment for peaceBWAS-1603
166580Establishment for war abroadBWAS-1603
166560Establishment for war at homeBWAS-1603

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1652CaptainPeter Warren (d.1652)BWAS-16031652 - 1653CaptainWilliam VesseyBWAS-16031653 - 1654CaptainGeorge CrapnellBWAS-16031655 - 1656CaptainPeter Foote (d.1666)BWAS-16031656 - 1658CaptainGeorge FordBWAS-16037.5.1660 - 8.12.1662CaptainEdward Grove (d.1665)BWAS-160325.3.1665 - 13.10.1665CaptainCharles HawardB051

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
19.9.1651 - 1651CarpenterRobert StoakesSPD-1651

Service History


DateEventSource
18.2.1652/53Battle of Portland
2.6.1653Battle of the Gabbard
31.7.1653Battle of Scheveningen
4.4.1655Battle of Porto Farina
1660Re-rated as a Sixth rateBWAS-1603
13.10.1665Taken while protecting a merchant convoy from a Dutch flotilla off Tangier. The Dutch consisted of 5 vessels fo 30 guns or more, the convoy of 16 or 17 vessels, the majority of which were able to escape into TangierBG
13.10.1665Taken by the Dutch by a Dutch squadron off CadizBWAS-1603


Fleets

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

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B117NRS Vol 013 - Papers relating to the First Dutch War 1652-54 Vol IUnknownBook
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume IJohn CharnockDigital Book
SPD-1651Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1651Mary Anne Everett Green (editor)Book
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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