Merlin

7747
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered7.7.1743BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.8.1743BWAS-1714
Launched20.3.1743/44BWAS-1714
First Commissioned21.2.1743/44
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin Class
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
Constructor& Whetstone GrevillBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigSnow
Sold16.11.1748BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 10 ¼"Imperial Feet27.7432 
Length of Keel75' 0 ⅞"Imperial Feet22.8822 
Breadth26' 3 ¼"Imperial Feet7.9312 
Depth in Hold6' 11"Imperial Feet1.8542 
Burthen271 4294Tons BM 

Armament


20.3.1743/44Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.10.1744 - 11.9.1747CommanderDavid Brodie (1709-1787) ADM 6/16/371BWAS-171411.9.1747 - 3.5.1748CommanderCharles Balfour (d.1750) ADM 6/17/266ADM 6/173.5.1748 - 7.1748CommanderThomas Foley (d.1755) ADM 3/17/350BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
16.10.1744 - 7.1748LieutenantAndrew Laing (d.1748) ADM 6/16/371ADM 6/16

Service History


DateEventSource
1.8.1743Began building at Limehouse BWAS-1714
20.3.1743/44Completed building at Limehouse at a cost of £2010.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.3.1743/44fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £1429.5.7dBWAS-1714
30.6.1744Sailed from Dover on a cruiseref:555
30.6.1744Drove a French merchant sloop ashore near Boulogne and burnt herref:555
7.1744Off DunkirkBWAS-1714
18.2.1744/45Took the Privateer L'Union
30.6.1745Took the Privateer Le Vainqueur
4.7.1745Took the Privateer San Antonio
27.8.1745Took the Privateer Le Petit Suave
28.1.1745/46Took the Privateer Le Baccus
12.5.1746Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora de la Caradad
8.3.1747/48Attack on Port LouisBWAS-1714
7.1748

Paid off

BWAS-1714
8.7.1748Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
16.11.1748Sold at Plymouth for £321BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ref:555Cezayirli Gazi Hasan PaşaAli Rıza İşipekBook
 

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