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Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched on the River Thames in 1779 ;
Disposal date or year : 1814
Tons (BM) : 605
6 Jan 1798 Mercury and others captured the French privateer Benjamin on the Lisbon station.
15 Jan 1798 captured the French privateer Trois Soeurs on the Lisbon station.
25 Jan 1798 captured the French privateer Constance on the Lisbon station.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. T. Rogers.
17 Jan 1799, arrived Spithead from a cruise with the Danish brig Resolution, from Venice to Hamburgh, which she detained some days since in the Channel.
19 Mar 1799, at Portsmouth, in dock.
18 Jan 1800, Plymouth, came in the Embden, from New York, detained by the Mercury frigate.
19 Jan 1800, Plymouth, passed up [the Channel] this morning, with part of the Newfoundland fleet.
24 Jan 1800, whilst cruising, re-captured, S.W. of the Scilly Isles, the ship Aimwell, of Whitby, from Quebec to London, taken 15 days previously by French privateer L'Arriege, of Bourdeaux.
5 Feb 1800 whilst returning to Spithead, close in with Peverel Point, captured the French privateer brig Egyptienne, 15 brass guns, 66 men, from Cherbourg. She had sailed from Cherbourg the day before, and had not taken any thing.
5 Apr 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, on Mr. John Hopgood, Boatswain of the Mercury, for absenting himself without leave. Having been found guilty he was sentenced to be dismissed from his present post and to serve in the Navy as the Lords of the Admiralty shall direct.
3 May 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Loire, Captain Newman, and Mercury, Captain Rogers, with a large convoy for the Mediterranean.
May 1800, Captain Maitland is appointed to the Camelion, at Gibraltar, and is gone out in the Mercury.
25 Feb 1801 sighted the French squadron bound for Egypt off the island of Toro.
6 Jan 1801 ship's boats captured 15 vessels from a convoy of 20 in the gulf of Lyons as follows:
the Genoese Ships La Rhone, laden with. Salt, Brandy, Wine, and Fruit, from Cette bound to Marseilles and the St. John, laden with Wine, from Cette bound to Marseilles.
the French Brigs Le Maria Josephine, laden with Brandy, Wheat, and Sugar, from Cette bound to Marseilles : Le Solide, laden with Brandy and Wheat, from Cette bound to Marseilles : Le Cberi, laden with Salt, from Cette bound to Marseilles.
the Genoese Brig St. Carola, laden with Wine and Brandy, from Cette bound to Marseilles.
the Genoese Bombard Compte de Grasse, laden with Wheat and Stock Fish : and St. Andre, laden with Wheat and Sugar, both from Cette bound to Marseilles.
the French Bomb La Paste, laden with Wine and Brandy, from Cette bound to Marseilles.
the French Settees La Bone, laden with Wine, from Cette bound to Marseilles : and Le Republican, laden with Wine, from Cette bound to Marseilles.
the French Tartans La Croisette, laden with Wheat : St. Ivado Pierre, laden with Wheat and Staves, : La Rosaria, laden with Wine and Bread : and La Madona, laden with Wheat, from Cette bound to Marseilles.
20 Jan 1801 captured French 20-gun ship-corvette Sans-Pareille.
25 May 1801 captured a small vessel just out of Ancona, and attempted to re-capture the late British bomb-vessel Bulldog, which was subsequently recaptured in Sep 1801
23 Jun 1801 captured the pirate tartan Tigre.
May 1805 With Vice Admiral Sir John Orde.
4 Apr 1808 with a small squadron, including the ship's boats, involved in an attack on a Spanish convoy abreast of the town of Rota.
1 Apr 1809 ship's boats cut out the gun-boat Léda from the port of Rovigno.
23 Apr 1809 Spartan, Amphion, and Mercury, cruising off the town of Pesaro, with the ships' boats, briefly captured the town and brought off 13 deeply laden vessels and destroyed the military installations.
2 May 1809 Spartan and Mercury chased two vessels into the port of Cesenatico : with the ships' boats, brought off 12 vessels and destroyed the military installations.
15 May 1809 cannonaded the town of Rotti, near Manfredonia, following which the ship's boats landed and destroyed seven trabaccolos which had been hauled on shore.
7 Sep 1809 ship's boats entered the harbour of Barletta, near Manfredonia, and boarded and carried the French national schooner Pugliése.
Portsmouth 21 Jan 1810 Arrived with convoy from the Mediterranean.
Cowes Roads 11 Apr 1811 Sailed for Lisbon.
Plymouth 14 Apr 1811 Arrived : to embark troops for Lisbon.
Portsmouth 28 Jul 1811 Sailed with convoys for Lisbon, the Cape and South Seas.
Falmouth 2 Aug 1811 Arrived with a convoy of transports, put in by unfavorable winds.
Falmouth 9 Aug 1811 Sailed for Portugal with troops in transports.
Falmouth 13 Sep 1811 Is reported to have arrived at Lisbon with convoy, having sailed some 36 days previously.
Plymouth Dock 23 Sep 1811 Arrived from Lisbon, with a convoy and anchored in the Sound.
Plymouth Dock 2 Oct 1811 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 5 Jan 1812 Sailed with the West India convoy.
St. Thomas 3 Jul 1813 Sailed with a convoy.
Deal 19 Aug 1813 Sailed for the river.