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MERMAID (32) 5th rate Built in 1784, Sheerness.
Broken up in 1815.

  • 1799 Capt. James NEWMAN, She went down into Plymouth Sound on 25 January with orders to cruise off Corunna.
    On 28 March MERMAID and SYLPH sent into Plymouth a Spanish 16-gun packet with a cargo of sugar and cochineal from the Havana to Corunna.
  • They both returned to Plymouth on 9 April and on the 16th. a duel was fought between her second lieutenant and her surgeon in consequence of some high words.
    Both were wounded by pistol shots and their seconds took them off to their lodgings.
  • Capt. NEWMAN was given the captured French frigate Loire in July.
  • 1800 Capt. Dudley OLIVER, Mediterranean.
    In the spring of 1800 he had the sloop PETERELL, Capt. AUSTEN, under his orders.
    On the evening of 20 March he asked Capt. AUSTEN to keep close in shore off Cape Couronne at the western end of the Bay of Marseilles thus enabling PETERELL to take a bark and a bombard laden with corn.
    The following evening PETERELL captured a French brig-of-war, LIGURIENNE, and drove two others ashore.
    MERMAID was too far to windward to offer any assistance until the brig was taken.
  • Between 2 and 6 April MERMAID took and destroyed nine vessels bound for Genoa with wine and corn.
    Six vessels had been seen gathering under a fort in the small islands near Cape Corsetts (Cap Croisette near Marseilles) so, as soon as the sun set, Capt. OLIVER took MERMAID to within grape-shot range of the battery and anchored while Lieut. CORBETT went in with two boats.
    After cannonading the fort for more than an hour he had the satisfaction of seeing six vessels being brought out without loss.
    The only damage was a shot through MERMAID's cutwater.
  • On 4 June some 25 miles southward of the Iles d'Hyeres MERMAID captured the French brig CRUELLE after a chase in which the enemy threw four of her six guns overboard. She had originally been a bomb vessel but had left her mortar behind at Toulon from whence she had sailed eight hours before to take provisions to Malta. She was commanded by Enseigne Xavier Jeard with a crew of 43 men.
  • 1803 Out of commission at Woolwich.
  • 1804 Capt. A. P. HOLLES, Rear Ad. DUCKWORTH's squadron, Jamaica.
    MERMAID recaptured the British ship STRANGER.
  • MERMAID was at Havana on 15 November and Capt. HOLLES had given invitations to all the principal Spanish officers there to a ball and supper that evening when a brig arrived from Ad. DUCKWORTH. She brought news of war with Spain so MERMAID instantly weighed and stood out to sea followed by all the British merchant ships in the harbour.
  • December 1807 Out of commission at Woolwich.
  • 1808 Spithead.
  • 1811 (en flute) Capt. Hon. W. H. PERCY, Chatham.
  • 1812 Capt. David DUNN, Mediterranean.
  • EDINBURGH, FURIUSE and MERMAID at Melazzo were joined by AMERICA on 30 November 1813 and they embarked 1,000 Italians under the command of Lieut. Col. Catanelli.
    They sailed the same evening and landed the troops and field pieces at Via Reggio on 9 December.
    MERMAID's marines joined those from the other ships ashore on the 13th. and in the evening they and the Italians occupied the suburbs of Livorno.
  • 1815 Out of commission at Plymouth.

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