NA Ship 6th Rate Mercury
A very handsome two masted brig, the Mercury is currently the most modern ship in the game having launched in 1820. She is well armed for a brig with her 24pd carronades however her cannon armament is perfectly average with 6pd cannons.
With her sleek lines and tall masts, she is a very quick ship on the open sea and in battle, although frigates with speed improvements will be able to catch up to her sailing on a broad reach. Her turn rate is prehaps a bit slower than other 2-masted ships, but the difference is not that big if one knows how to tack properly. She is still able to out turn any frigate. Her structure is slightly higher than the Navy Brig. Fighting the Snow(Ontario) might be a bit of a challenge due to the Snow's extra guns, but you should be able to outrun it and you have a considerable amount more structure. The Mercury however lacks bow or stern chasers in the game, making running fights more difficult, particularly if you are using carronades.
While her profile is similar to that of the other brigs, she differs in two positive ways. First of all, she does not punish a Captain for sailing slightly upwind of a beam reach as much as the others and furthermore she is actually a surprisingly strong sailor (for a brig) on a beam reach. This makes her a good ship for chasing down fore-and-aft rigged vessels, or indeed potentially escaping square-rigged vessels on a beam reach. Like the other brigs she is fastest sailing at point 135.
Mercury Class Information
Crafting Level: 15/16/17/18/19
Labor Hours: 468
Ship Yard Level: 1
Notable Ships of Class
Ship Name, Captain
Mercury (Russian: Меркурий) was a Russian navy 20 gun and two masted warship. It is famous for its unequal battle with two Turkish ships, which took place on May 14, 1829.
The name Pamiyat Mercuriya (literally In Memory of Mercury) was given to a number of ships of the Russian Baltic Fleet. Summary
Pursued by the Turkish Fleet (6 ships of the line, 2 frigates, 2 corvettes), Russian brig Mercury engaged in unequal battle with line ships Selimiye (110 guns) and Real-bei (74 guns) near the Strait of Bosphorus. After damaging the ships one by one, the brig escaped pursuit.
Crew (As of May 1829) 'Officers'
Aleksandr Ivanovich Kazarsky, Lt. Capt. Fyodor Mikhailovich Novosilsky, Lt. Dmitry Petrovich Pritupov, midshipman Ivan Petrovich Prokofyev, naval pilot Lt. Sergey Iosifovitch Skaryatin, Lt.
Anisim Arekhov Philip Vasilyev Gridnev, bataler Afanasiy Gusev Seliverst Dmitriev Ippolit Erofeev Ivan Lisenko, canoneer Fyodor Spiridonov, naval pilot mate Artamon Timofeev, cannoneer Anton Scherbakov, cannoneer
Damage and casualties
As a result of the battle, the brig lost 4 men and 6 more were injured. Damage to the ship included:
22 hull breaches 133 sail plan breaches 16 spar breaches 148 minor rigging damage loss of all rowboats
By official information, neither Turkish ships lost crew as the brig's main objective was to achieve spar and rigging damage.