we've finally joined the platform! So let's start bottoms up and introduce our latest ship, the N+K Mercury class corvette (French term), or sloop of war.
In the British Royal Navy of the 18th century sloop'o'war type ships were full rigged (three masted) ships with an armament just barely too small to fit in the official naval rating scheme they had at the time. Like the Mercury, many had 18 guns (12-pounders in this case), and the rating system started just over 20.
Yet those ships were used for military purposes as well as all kinds of civilian uses. Fast and quite manoeuverable, they were well liked by Captains for trade, privateering, scouting, patrolling and whatever else was called for. They found wide and varied use throughout all navies and nations.
As is true for all of our ships, the Mercury isn't any particular historical ship but a genuine design of our own intended to replicated a corvette class of ship.