Falcon

4203
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1.5.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down8.1781BWAS-1714
Launched23.9.1782BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSandwich - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassChilders Class - ModifiedBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor Andrew HillsBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1714
Expended as Fireship7.7.1800BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck78' 11"Imperial Feet23.7776 
Length of Keel60' 8"Imperial Feet18.4912 
Breadth11' 2"Imperial Feet3.4036 
Depth in Hold25' 0"Imperial Feet7.62 
Draught Forward5' 3 ½"Imperial Feet1.5367 
Draught Aft9' 9"Imperial Feet2.9718 
Burthen201 6494Imperial Feet0.0173 

Armament


1782Broadside Weight = 47 Imperial Pound ( 21.3148 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck4 British 12-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

6.1800Broadside Weight = 72 Imperial Pound ( 32.652 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
9.178280EstablishmentBWAS-1714
179466 BWAS-1714

14 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
26.9.1782 - 21.4.1783Commander Benjamin Runwa (c.1737-1807) ADM 6/22/521BWAS-17145.5.1783 - 31.7.1783Commander William Taylor ADM 6/23/63BWAS-171431.7.1783 - 3.1786Commander Velters Cornewall Berkeley (1754-1804) ADM 6/23/104BWAS-17143.1786 - 25.7.1786Commander Robert GregoryBWAS-17141.12.1787Commander Richard Purvis (d.1802) ADM 6/23/440ADM 6/2317.10.1788 - 3.11.1790Commander Thomas Laugharne (c.1738-1797) ADM 6/23/482BWAS-17143.11.1790 - 15.12.1790Commander William Bligh (1754-1817) ADM 6/24/84ADM 6/2422.12.1790 - 19.10.1791Commander New Hill Eastwood (d.1797) ADM 6/24/96ADM 6/2420.10.1791 - 16.11.1791Commander New Hill Eastwood (d.1797) ADM 6/24/141ADM 6/2416.11.1791 - 24.10.1794Commander James Bissett ADM 6/24/146BWAS-171424.10.1794 - 30.12.1794Commander William Granville Lobb ADM 6/25/99BWAS-17147.1798 - 5.1799Commander Matthew St Clair (d.1800)BWAS-17145.1799 - 10.1799Commander Philip Bowes Vere Broke (1776-1841)BWAS-171410.1799 - 7.7.1800Commander George RossBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
13.3.1792 - 27.2.1793Lieutenant Mathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
20.10.1789 - 19.10.1791Master John GregoryADM 29-1

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1781Began building at Sandwich - Kent BWAS-1714
23.9.1782Completed building at Sandwich - Kent at a cost of £4169.3.2dBWAS-1714
23.10.1782Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
24.12.1782Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
21.4.1783

Paid off

ADM 51
5.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.10.1783Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
25.7.1786Paid offADM 51
8.1787Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
10.1787Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1933.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1788RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1788Began refitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
11.1788Completed refitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £347.0.0dBWAS-1714
27.11.1791Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
3.1793Returned to the UKBWAS-1714
9.3.1793Took the Privateer Le Jean Bart (6) off Scilly
1794Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated Unknown
30.12.1794

Paid off

BWAS-1714
4.1798Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
6.1800Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
6.1800Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1934.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.7.1800Attack on Dunkirk

 

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