Rating: First Rate
Class: Prince-class Ship of the Line
Date of Commission: October 6th, 1721
Shipyard: Sullivan Shipyards
Captain: Joseph Sullivan
Guns Topdeck: 12x10lb
Guns Upperdeck: 28x14lb
Guns Middeck: 28x26lb
Guns Gundeck: 32x36lb
Status: On Active Duty
The completion of HMS Lyme in January 1721 and HMS Siren in October 1721 has been celebrated as the greatest achievements by Sullivan Shipyards in its history. The construction of these ships nearly bankrupted the company as there were barely enough funds to complete and outfit them for active duty. However, in the long run it marked a turning point for the shipyard as a company. Within a year after the completion of HMS Lyme the Sullivan name were widely known and the shipyard were again operating above maximum capacity. The experience gained by the shipyard during development and production of these ships allowed it to expand its capacity and venture into a new market for ship construction, and it eventually went from being Sullivan Shipyard to become Sullivan Shipyards.
HMS Lyme underwent extensive trials in the Yucatan area after its completion. She was modified on several occasions in this period to enhance certain traits as her captain saw fit. In the beginning of March she saw her first engagement, even before trials were complete. In the emergency defense of Turtling Bay she was engaged by a French armada of heavy frigates, and was almost sunk due to inexperience by her crew. She was rescued by a British fleet on patrol that came to her aid, although 2 British frigates were sunk during the engagement. She was put in dry-dock for several months undergoing major repairs while her crew underwent an intensive on- and off-shore training program. In June she were again sailing in the Yucatan waters, drilling her crew for maximum discipline and efficiency. In August her trials were complete and she was ready for active duty. Orders shortly arrived and she was to be based in Turtling Bay and secure the surrounding area for enemy activity.
With the Completion of her sister ship HMS Siren in October 1721 the Sullivan brothers were truly a force to be reckoned with. Up until this day they are often seen sailing the waters together in these magnificent ships defending interest of the British Empire all across the Caribbean.
- March 5th, 1724: HMS Siren joined Earl Wilmore in his HMS Britannia together with Captain Sir Leo Davis in the HMS Prince George and Captain James Thomson in his Wenden and patrolled the waters between Marsh Harbour and Nassau. The patrol even included an inspection of the Marsh Harbour tavern.
Port Battle History - Archive prior to May 1722 lost in the Great Fire of St. Johns on the 3rd of May 1722