More Detail On HMS Falcon’s History and Statistics

For the truly numbers-oriented naval history folks, not a large crowd I admit, there is this. Like the Roman Empire before it, the British Empire was a marvel of administrative record keeping. That such information, at this level of detail, could be available approximately 250 years after the fact, is a wonder.

I sometimes think that most of what future historians will have to go on from our era is a lot of styrofoam floating across what used to be Florida, and cat videos.

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Falcon image of schematic

Sheer draft of the actual ship, from Britain’s National Archives, by kind permission of the HMS Falcon group

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And now the numbers…by permission of the good people at ThreeDecks.org… The Falcon’s history, and statistics.

OVERALL

Nominal Guns 14 BWAS-1714
Nationality Great Britain
Operator The Royal Navy
Ordered 1768/10/27 BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down 1769/04 BWAS-1714
Launched 1771/06/15 BWAS-1714
How acquired Purpose built BWAS-1714
Shipyard Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class Swallow Class
Designed by Thomas Slade BWAS-1714
Constructor Thomas Bucknall BWAS-1714
Category Unrated BWAS-1714
Ship Type Ship-Sloop
Foundered 1779/09/20 BWAS-1714

 

Dimensions

Dimension Measurement Type Metric Equivalent BWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck 95′ 0″ Imperial Feet 28.956
Length of Keel 78′ 0″ Imperial Feet 23.7744
Breadth 27′ 1 ½” Imperial Feet 8.2423
Depth in Hold 13′ 0″ Imperial Feet 3.9624
Burthen 308 5894 Tons BM

Armament

1771/06/15 Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound

( 20.4078 kg)

BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck 14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck 12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date # of Men Notes Source
1768 125 Design Complement  ?

Commanders

From To Rank Name Source
1771/01/21 1774 Commander Cuthbert Bains BWAS-1714
1774/10 1777/02/16 Commander John Linzee BWAS-1714
1777/02/16 1778/02/07 Commander The Hon. Thomas Windsor BWAS-1714
1778/02/07 1778/08/05 Commander Harry Harmood BWAS-1714
1778/11/24 1779/09/20 Commander Richard Lock BWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

From To Rank Name Source
1773 1774/08 Acting Lieutenant Bartholomew James B110

Petty Officers

From To Rank Name Source
1771/05 1773 Midshipman Bartholomew James B110
1774/11/18 1777/02/14 Midshipman William Robert Broughton ref:616

Service History

Date Event Source
1769/04 Began building at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1771/06/15 Completed building at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7209.8.6d BWAS-1714
1771/08/01 Sailed for the Leeward Islands BWAS-1714
1774 Ordered home and paid off? BWAS-1714
1774/10 Recommissioned BWAS-1714
1774/10 Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1774/11 Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2031.14.3d BWAS-1714
1775/02/26 Sailed for North America BWAS-1714
1777/12/10 Took the Unrated Sloop Schuyler
1778/06/24 Took the Privateer Mehitabel by boat attack at sandford, CT
1778/06/24 Took the Privateer Brig General Arnold by boat attack at sandford, CT
1778/08/05 Sunk to avoid capture at Rhode Island BWAS-1714
1778/11 Raised and recommissioned BWAS-1714
1779/09/20 Lost with all hands BWAS-1714

 

Sources

ID Description Author Type
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 – 1792 Rif Winfield Book
B110 NRS Vol 006 – The Journal of Bartholemew James John Knox Laughton Ed. Book
ref:616 Who’s Who in Nelson’s Navy Nicholas Tracy Book
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