"The Mermaid" | WYPR

"The Mermaid"

Aug 15, 2019

A frigate similar to HMS Mermaid
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

During the War of Independence, in the spring of 1778, the 28 gun British frigate “Mermaid” chose to surrender to a “nest of pirates” on the Eastern Shore rather than be taken a prize by the notorious French vice admiral Charles Hector D’Estaing.