Merlin

5378
Nominal Guns16
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered24.1.1795
Keel Laid Down6.1795
Launched25.3.1796
How acquiredBuilt by Contract
ShipyardDeptford - London
Ship ClassMerlin Class
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)
Constructor John Dudman (1750-1817)
CategoryUnrated
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up1.1803

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck106' 2"Imperial Feet32.3173 
Length of Keel87' 7"Imperial Feet26.543 
Breadth28' 2 ½"Imperial Feet8.5471 
Depth in Hold13' 10"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Forward7' 5"Imperial Feet2.2606 
Draught Aft11' 5"Imperial Feet3.4798 
Burthen370 6594Tons BM 

Armament


25.3.1796Broadside Weight = 81 Imperial Pound ( 36.7335 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
29.1.1795121Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1796 - 9.7.1798Commander Thomas DundasBWAS-17939.7.1798 - 8.1799Commander John Ralph MossBWAS-179327.8.1799 - 1800Commander William Robinson (d.1801)BWAS-17931800Commander Harry DaweBWAS-17931801 - 1802Commander John ChildBWAS-17931802 - 1.1803Commander Philip Dumaresq (d.1819)BWAS-1793

Service History


DateEventSource
6.1795Began building at Deptford - London BWAS-1793
25.3.1796Completed building at Deptford - London at a cost of £4824.0.0dBWAS-1793
25.3.1796Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
1.6.1796Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1724.0.0dBWAS-1793
8.1796Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
27.9.1798

At St. George's Key, Honduras

TNC
2.9.1799Attack on Belize
1.1803Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1793

 

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