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Mercurius (ID 2516)

Call sign (1913):
Pup - Love - Watch - Vice


  • Built in 1909 by William Hamilton and Co., Ltd., Port Glasgow, Scotland
  • Launched 18 October 1909
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 April 1918Commissioned 30 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 25 June 1919 at Rotterdam, The Netherlands and returned to her owners, NV Koninklijke Nederland Stoom. Maats of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Wrecked 7 January 1925 on Pearl Rock off Gibraltar en route from Tarragona, Spain to Amsterdam.


  • Displacement 6,300 t.
  • Length 338'
  • Beam 44' 2"
  • Draft 19' "
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 5"/40 and one 4"/40 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one D. Rowan and Co., Glasgow 1,200hp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Mercurius 101k Royal Netherlandsche-Steamboat Society photo from Robert Hurst
    Mercurius 95k In port wearing Dutch neutrality markings, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 29 March 1918. This British-built ship had two of the distinctive Dutch tall double masts, one of which is visible here
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105244

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