Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1769BWAS-1714
First Commissioned21.1.1771BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwallow ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Thomas BucknallBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck95' 0"Imperial Feet28.956 
Length of Keel78' 0"Imperial Feet23.7744 
Breadth27' 1 ½"Imperial Feet8.2423 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen308 5894Tons BM 


15.6.1771Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1768125Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

21.1.1771 - 29.7.1774Commander Cuthbert Baines (1743-1810) ADM 6/20/341BWAS-171413.10.1774 - 16.2.1777Commander John Linzee (d.1799) ADM 6/21/53BWAS-171414.2.1777 - 16.2.1777CommanderThe Hon. Thomas Windsor (1752-1832) ADM 6/21/324
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 14.10.1777
16.2.1777 - 17.10.1778Commander Harry Harmood (1739-1809) ADM 6/21/383
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Confirmed 30.3.1778
24.11.1778 - 20.9.1779Commander Richard Lock (d.1779)† ADM 6/21/569
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Confirmed 12.6.1779

2 Commissioned Officers

1773 - 29.7.1774Acting Lieutenant James Bartholomew (1752-1828)NRS0061773 - 8.1774Acting Lieutenant Bartholomew James (1752-1828) TransferedNRS006

1 Warrant Officer

15.3.1777 - 17.10.1778Purser Titus Livie (d.1805) Transfered ADM 6/22/310
Confirmed 9.7.1781
ADM 6/22

3 Petty Officers

5.1771 - 1773Midshipman James Bartholomew (1752-1828)NRS0065.1771 - 1773Midshipman Bartholomew James (1752-1828)NRS00618.11.1774 - 14.2.1777Midshipman William Robert Broughton (1762-1821)ref:616

Service History

4.1769Began building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
15.6.1771Completed building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7209.8.6dBWAS-1714
1.8.1771Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1774Ordered home and paid off?BWAS-1714
29.7.1774Paid offADM 51
10.1774Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.1774Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2031.14.3dBWAS-1714
26.2.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
10.12.1777Took the Sloop Schuyler
24.6.1778Took the Privateer Mehitabel by boat attack at sandford, CT
24.6.1778Took the Brig General Arnold (20) by boat attack at sandford, CT
5.8.1778Sunk to avoid capture at Rhode IslandBWAS-1714
11.1778Raised and recommissionedBWAS-1714
20.9.1779Lost with all handsBWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 31st of July 2012 22:42

1775 Aug 8 or 9 Falcon 14 sloop Commander John Linzee attacks two American merchant schooners off the coast of New England taking one and pursuing the other into Gloucester Harbour where they were attacked by local militia loosing the captured schooner before retiring

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