Falcon

4200
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered30.3.1744BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down15.5.1744BWAS-1714
Named16.10.1744BWAS-1714
Launched12.11.1744BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.11.1744
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin Class
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigSnow
Captured28.9.1745BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench brig-corvette 'Falcon' (1745) (14)

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.11.1744 - 13.5.1745CommanderJohn Bermingham (d.1746) ADM 6/16/388ADM35418.5.1745 - 28.9.1745CommanderRichard Carteret (d.1780) ADM 6/16/479BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
15.5.1744Began building at Harwich BWAS-1714
12.11.1744Completed building at Harwich at a cost of £2177.10.0dBWAS-1714
12.11.1744Began fitting at Harwich BWAS-1714
22.1.1744/45Completed fitting at Harwich 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
28.9.1745Taken by Les Deux Couronnes (30) in the Western Approaches


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM354ADM 354 - Navy Board: Bound Out-letters 1738-1809 Document
 

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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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