Merlin

5376
Nominal Guns18BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Acquired1.7.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned24.6.1757
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardCuckolds Point - Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Randall (d.1776)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Burnt to avoid capture23.10.1777BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck100' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet30.4864 
Length of Keel83' 7 79"Imperial Feet25.3182 
Breadth26' 1 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen302 6994Tons BM 

Armament


1.7.1757Broadside Weight = 57.5 Imperial Pound ( 26.0766 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck18 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1757130 BWAS-1714

15 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
24.6.1757 - 16.4.1761CommanderRichard Carteret (c.1716-1780) ADM 6/18/414BWAS-171416.4.1761 - 24.7.1761CommanderWilliam Marshall (d.1776) ADM 6/19/405
Issued by Charles Holmes (1711-1761)
Commission confirmed 3.5.1762
ADM 6/19
24.7.1761 - 31.3.1763CommanderWilliam Francis Bourke (c.1727-1802) ADM 6/19/480
Issued by Charles Holmes (1711-1761), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 9.4.1763
BWAS-1714
31.3.1763 - 20.6.1765CommanderFrancis Grant (1730-1803) ADM 6/19/475BWAS-171420.6.1765 - 3.7.1765CommanderAndrew Snape Hamond (1738-1828) ADM 6/20/79ADM 6/203.7.1765 - 15.7.1765CommanderCharles Herbert (1743-1816) ADM 6/20/80BWAS-17148.2.1766 - 26.5.1768CommanderJohn Hamilton (1726-1784) ADM 6/20/106BWAS-171410.1.1769 - 14.6.1769CommanderFrancis O'Hara (c.1736-1769)† ADM 6/20/224BWAS-171415.3.1770 - 9.10.1770CommanderAlexander Scott ADM 6/20/274BWAS-17149.10.1770 - 24.1.1771CommanderSamuel Marshall (1741-1795) ADM 6/20/298ADM 6/2026.1.1771 - 17.3.1773CommanderPatrick Fotheringham (c.1739-1784) ADM 6/20/343BWAS-171425.6.1773 - 18.1.1775CommanderWilliam Anthony Halstead (1730-1778) ADM 6/20/500ADM 6/2018.1.1775 - 16.1.1777CommanderWilliam Chaloner Burnaby (1746-1794) ADM 6/21/66BWAS-171416.1.1777 - 23.10.1777CommanderSamuel Reeve (c.1732-1803) ADM 6/21/484
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 7.12.1778
BWAS-1714
19.5.1794CommanderWilliam Pierrepont ADM 6/25/42ADM 6/25

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
21.3.1769 - 13.9.1769LieutenantJohn Burr (c.1725-1776) ADM 6/20/233ADM 6/20

Service History


DateEventSource
1.7.1757building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £2394.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.7.1757Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.8.1757Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2185.17.0dBWAS-1714
23.4.1759Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
4.1762Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
5.1762Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £0.7.3dBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
2.4.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
22.7.1763Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1765Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
15.7.1765Paid offBWAS-1714
15.8.1765SurveyedBWAS-1714
13.9.1765SurveyedBWAS-1714
12.1765Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2653.8.9dBWAS-1714
12.1765Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
2.1766RecommissionedBWAS-1714
3.1766Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1940.16.0dBWAS-1714
15.4.1766Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
30.3.1769Sailed for the African coastBWAS-1714
10.1770RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1770Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.1770Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £509.9.9dBWAS-1714
20.6.1771Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
17.3.1773

Paid off

BWAS-1714
8.1773Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.1774Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3916.1.11dBWAS-1714
1.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1775Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1775Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £604.3.10dBWAS-1714
20.3.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
23.10.1777Abandoned and burnt on orders from Lord Howe whilst under fire.BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/25ADM 6/25 Commission and Warrant Book 1794-1796 Apr.  Archive
 

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