HMS Mordaunt 4th Rate. 567 tons. 122ft x 32.6ft.
The HBMS Mordaunt was built to perform as a powerful merchant ship. HBMS Mordaunt was commissioned for Lord Mordaunt who required an effective merchant ship capable to defend itself against attack. Lor Mordaunt had much hard luck as his investors pulled out before the ship was completed. Following its launch the Spanish Ambassador accused Lord Mordaunt of using the vessel to help the Brandenburg government in its fight against Spain. Under the current political climate, the British court impounded the ship until Lord Mordaunt paid a huge sum to guarantee its peaceful use. In the end the ship was taken into the Royal Navy because Lord Mordaunt couldn’t pay the crew’s salary.
HBMS Mordaunt (46 guns), in 4 September 1688, John Tyrrell (Oakley) was appointed to command the ship. The ship took part in the action on 4 October 1689, when a group of English cruisers fell in with 12 French warships.
The HBMS. Mordaunt under Captain Francis Maynard sank at the Los Colorado Reefs, Cuban waters, with all crew lost on November 21, 1693. It however remains one of the most beautiful ships ever designed for the merchant navy.