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Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down29.7.1782BWAS-1793
First Commissioned6.1790BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
Ship ClassActive Class (1778)BWAS-1793
Designed by
Edward HuntBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1757-1786
Thomas PollardBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1765-1799
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up11.1815BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck126' 2 ½"Imperial Feet38.4175 
Length of Keel103' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet31.4135 
Breadth35' 5"Imperial Feet10.6934 
Depth in Hold11' 11"Imperial Feet3.3782 
Draught Forward8' 8"Imperial Feet2.6416 
Draught Aft13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793 
Burthen692 5994Tons BM 


6.1790Broadside Weight = 246 Imperial Pound ( 111.561 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

11 Ship Commanders

25.6.1790 - 12.2.1793Captain
Cuthbert CollingwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1802
ADM 6/24/44
12.2.1793 - 8.5.1794Captain
John TriggeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1766-1808
ADM 6/24/208
8.5.1794 - 2.1796Captain
Henry WarreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1810
ADM 6/25/40
2.1796 - 4.1796Captain
Charles Sydney DaversBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1803
4.1796 - 1797Captain
Robert Waller OtwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1841
1797 - 4.1799Captain
James NewmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1795
4.1799 - 8.1802Captain
Robert Dudley OliverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
8.1803 - 9.1808Captain
Askew Pafford HollisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1841
2.1809 - 1809Captain
Major Jacob HennikerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1809
1811 - 4.1812Commander
William Henry PercyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1814
4.1812 - 1814Captain
David DunnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1849

1 Commissioned Officer

25.6.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant
Alexander McGregorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1790
ADM 6/24/44
ADM 6/24

1 Warrant Officer

15.8.1803 - 28.10.1805Master
William WattBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1808
ADM 29-1

1 Petty Officer

9.1803 - 12.1806Midshipman
The Hon. Arthur Richard TurnourBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1816

Service History

29.11.1784building at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £12854.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1784Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
30.12.1784Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
6.1790Commissioned for the Spanish armament and then to the West IndiesBWAS-1793
6.1790Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
8.1790Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2539.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1791Returned to England and paid offBWAS-1793
2.1793Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1793Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3446.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
27.5.1793Took the Privateer
Le Général Washington (20) 1793-1793
French 20 Gun
Privateer Unknown

30.5.1793Took the Brigantine
L'Angélique (16) 1793-1793
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brigantine

6.1793Took a 14-gun privateerBWAS-1714
8.1793In Hood's fleet in the attack on ToulonBWAS-1793
5.5.1795Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
10.10.1795Took the Brig
le Brutus (10) 1795-1795
French 10 Gun
Unrated Brig
14.10.1795Took the Lugger
Le Républicain (18) 1795-1795
French 18 Gun
Unrated Lugger
in the West Indies
8.8.1796Action of 1796-08-08
8.8.1796Mermaid vs Vengeance
10.12.1796Took the Unrated
Le Général Leveau (16) 1796-1796
French 16 Gun
Unrated Unknown
off San Domingo

7.3.1797Took the Privateer
La Liberté Générale 1797-1797
French Privateer Unknown

20.4.1797The Mermaid's boats attacked shipping in Jean Rabal
1.1.1798Took the Privateer
L'Aventure (12) 1797-1798
French 12 Gun
Privateer Unknown
off Belleisle

29.6.1798Capture of the Seine
16.10.1798Capture of the Loire

In Plymouth Sound

24.3.1799Took the Packet
Golondrevia 1799-1799
Spanish Unrated Packet
off Corunna


Arrived at Plymouth

1.6.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1.6.1800Took the Gunboat
La Cruelle (4) 1793-1800
French 4 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
off Toulon

1.1801Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Troop Ship
8.1802Paid off into ordinary at WoolwichBWAS-1793
6.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
9.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1804On the Jamaica station, remaining until 1807BWAS-1793
8.1807Paid offBWAS-1793
9.1808Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
3.1809Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.6.1809Sailed with a troop convoy for PortugalBWAS-1793
5.10.1813Siege of Trieste
11.1815Broken up at PlymouthBWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

Originally ordered to be built at Woolwich Dockyard on 1778/08/21 and the keel laid down in September 1778. The ship was named 1778/12/01 and re-ordered at Sheerness Dockyard on March 21st 1782.


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:48

Sorry date on the last post can not be correct as the Spanish declared war in May 1804 and even at 6 knots an hour news would only take 4 weeks!

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 4th of May 2016 06:29

15/11/1805 Mermaid 32 Captain Askew Hollis at Havana when a message from Ad Duckworth arrived informing him of the war with Spain. All British merchant ships were immediately put to sea to prevent their capture. ref letter from General Prevost

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 20th of July 2012 20:52

4 Oct 1790 Mermaid 32 Captain Cuthbert Collingwood at Portsmouth
Nov./Dec 1790 Mermaid 32 cap Collingwood sent to the West Indies with R-Ad Samuel Pitchford Cornish [possibly in Marlborough 74]

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