Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down15.5.1744BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.11.1744BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Jacob Ackworth (c.1668-1748/49)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714
BecomesFrench brig-corvette 'Falcon' (1745) (14)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 3"Imperial Feet27.813 
Length of Keel74' 9"Imperial Feet22.6124 
Breadth26' 2"Imperial Feet7.9333 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen272 2294Tons BM 


12.11.1744Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement
1748125 BWAS-1714

2 Ship Commanders

16.11.1744 - 13.5.1745CommanderThe Hon. John Bermingham (c.1718-1746) ADM 6/16/388ADM35418.5.1745 - 28.9.1745Commander Richard Carteret (c.1716-1780) ADM 6/16/479BWAS-1714

Service History

15.5.1744Began building at Harwich - Essex BWAS-1714
12.11.1744Completed building at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £2177.10.0dBWAS-1714
12.11.1744Began fitting at Harwich - Essex BWAS-1714
22.1.1744/45Completed fitting at Harwich - Essex BWAS-1714
5.3.1744/45Took the Privateer Les Trois Cousins
30.3.1745Took the Privateer Le Trompeur
27.4.1745Took the Privateer L'Union
5.1745Commissioned for the North Sea and ChannelBWAS-1714
25.8.1745Took the Privateer Le Léger
27.9.1745Paid offADM 33
28.9.1745Taken by Les Deux Couronnes (30) in the Western Approaches


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Posted by des grant on Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 13:50

Bermingham, was the son of Baron of Athenry, hence the E in is surname. the 70 crew comes from an Irish 'peerage' mini biography of his death, he lost a leg in battle off Hull and died from his wounds. on his death bed he was promoted to Post Captain, as a reward for saving HMS Falcon days earlier, against a superior privateer of 22 guns and 200 crew. Am 18 hour battle, they never struck the colours and the following morning, still fighting, the HMS FOX 1740 appeared on the horizon, and the French privateer fled without its nearly had prize, Bermingham's leg was shot off above the knee. At port he was dying and he was instantly promoted Captain to the Glasgow, that was due to be launched that week in Hull having just been built. Bermingham;s defence of the Falcon, against the odds, is one of the great Royal Navy stories, 14 six pounders Vs 18 nine pounders plus 6 six pounders, 75 men Vs 200 men. fought at different glasses, the fourteen 1/2 lb swivels most likely saved the Falcon from being boarded. The ships lay-to at nightfall after the battle and recommenced in the morning, and despite losing his led, Bermingham refused to strike, the sight of Glasgow (20) coming on the horizon, must have raised some cheer from the crew of the Falcon (14), the Glasgow pulled alongside before giving chase to the pirates that were still visible on the horizon. The Falcon retuned to port safely and lived to fight again, but not its gallant commander, the 25 year old man from Galway in Ireland.

Posted by des grant on Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 13:28

she had a crew of 70 under Bermingham

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