HMS Ruby (1708)
|Builder:||Allin, Deptford Dockyard|
|Launched:||25 March 1708|
|Renamed:||HMS Mermaid, 1744|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||1706 Establishment 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||707 bm|
|Length:||130 ft (39.6 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||35 ft (10.7 m)|
|Depth of hold:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
She achieved an unwelcome notoriety in March 1741 when her captain, Samuel Goodere, was convicted of murder at Bristol and subsequently hanged; he had enticed his elder brother, Sir John Dineley Goodere, 2nd Baronet, on board, and had caused him to be strangled in the purser's cabin.
Ruby was renamed HMS Mermaid in 1744, and was sold out of the service in 1748.
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