|HMS Hermes (1796)|
|Career (The Netherlands)|
|Captured:||12 May 1796|
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Acquired:||1796 by capture|
|Fate:||Foundered 31 January 1797|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||85' (Amsterdam foot)[Note 1]|
|Depth of hold:||13'|
HMS Hermes was the Dutch cutter Mercuur, that the Amsterdam Admiralty purchased in 1781 or 1782. (Mercuur was a brig when captured.) HMS Sylph captured her off the Texel on 12 May 1796 after a chase during which Mercuur threw all but two of her guns overboard.
Notes, citations, and references[edit | edit source]
- All linear measurements are in Amsterdam feet (voet) of 11 Amsterdam inches (duim) (see Dutch units of measurement). The Amsterdam foot is about 8% shorter than an English foot.
- van Maanen (2008), p. 22.
- Winfield (2008), p. 290.
- "No. 13894". 21 May 1796. p. 491. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/13894/page/491
- Hepper (1994), p. 83.
- Hepper, David J. (1994). British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650–1859. Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot. ISBN 0-948864-30-3.
- van Maanen, Ron (20 June 2008). "Preliminary list of Dutch naval vessel built or required in the period 1700-1799". http://3decks.pbworks.com/f/Dutch+Navy+1700-1799.pdf.
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-246-7.
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