Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down27.5.1760BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardHessel Cliff - The Humber ref:1326
Ship ClassMermaid ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorHugh Blaydes (1686-?)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Imperial Feet37.7952 
Length of Keel102' 8 ⅛"Imperial Feet31.0928 
Breadth33' 6 ⅜"Imperial Feet10.0679 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen613 8594Tons BM 


6.5.1761Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1760200Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers

19.5.1761 - 7.4.1763CaptainGeorge Watson (c.1729-1774) ADM 6/19/316BWAS-17147.4.1763 - 31.12.1767CaptainJoseph Deane (c.1731-1779) ADM 6/19/479BWAS-171431.3.1768 - 16.1.1772CaptainJames Smith (c.1725-1786) ADM 6/20/199BWAS-17148.4.1776 - 8.7.1778CaptainJames Hawker (c.1731-1787) ADM 6/21/178BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

7.4.1763 - 7.4.1767First LieutenantHenry Harvey (1737-1810) ADM 6/19/479ODNB

Service History

6.5.1761building at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber at a cost of £5821.5.6dBWAS-1714
6.5.1761Began fitting at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber BWAS-1714
9.1761Completed fitting at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber BWAS-1714
9.3.1762Took the Privateer Le Duc de Fronsac
3.7.1762Took the Privateer Le Serviable
4.1763Paid off and then recommissionedBWAS-1714
3.7.1763Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

21.10.1770Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

2.1776Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1776Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £8587.5.3dBWAS-1714
18.11.1777Took the Sloop Active (12)
8.7.1778Driven ashore to avoid capture in Delaware BayBWAS-1714
1779Took the Privateer Le Jeune Leon (12)
1779Took the Privateer Le Renard (16)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:1326Hessle Local History Society - Shipbuilding Web Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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Posted by Roger Novak on Thursday 16th of May 2013 01:35

Mermaid was driven ashore by d'Estaing's frigates and surrendered to the American rebels by Capt. Hawker on the beach at Sinepuxent Inlet, MD some 40 miles south of the Delaware Bay.

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