HMS Ruby (1708)
|Career (Great Britain)|
|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 long tons (718.3 t)|
|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 or Goodyer, was convicted of murder at Bristol and subsequently hanged; he had enticed his elder brother, Sir John Dineley Goodere, 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.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p168.
- [Emlyn, Sollom [ed.]] (1742) Complete Collection of State Trials vol. VI p. 797 et seqq.; online (PDF) at 
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
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