HMS Falcon (1854)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Falcon.
HMS Cruizer (1854).jpg
Cruizer, sister-ship to Falcon
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Falcon
Ordered: 2 April 1853
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Laid down: November 1853
Launched: 10 August 1854
Commissioned: 30 March 1855
Decommissioned: 1869
Fate: Broken up at Plymouth in 1869
General characteristics
Class & type: Cruizer-class screw sloop
Displacement: 1,045 tons [1]
Tons burthen: 747 51/94 bm[1]
Length: 160 ft (49 m) (gundeck)
140 ft 1.75 in (42.7165 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)[1]
Depth of hold: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)[1]
Installed power: 100 nominal horsepower
312 ihp (233 kW)[1]
Propulsion:
  • Two-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engine
  • Single screw[1]
Sail plan: Barque-rigged
Speed: 7.8 kn (14.4 km/h)
Armament:
  • 1 x 32-pdr (56cwt) pivot gun
  • 16 x 32-pdr (32cwt) carriage guns

HMS Falcon was a 17-gun Royal Navy Cruizer-class sloop launched in 1854. She served in the Baltic during the Crimean War and then in North America, West Africa and Australia. She was sold for breaking in 1869.

Construction[edit]

Ordered on 2 April 1853, she was laid down in November the same year and launched on 10 August 1854 at Plymouth Dockyard.[1][2]

Crimean War[edit]

She served in the Baltic Sea during the Crimean War and participated in the blockade off the coast of Courland.

North America station[edit]

She was then transferred to the North America and West Indies Station, where she served until 1857.[3]

West Africa[edit]

She was refitted in Portsmouth in 1858, then served as part of the West Africa Squadron off Africa from 1859 to 1862. Her ships company participated in the attack on the king of Baddiboo on the Gambia River, and the ship bombarded Saba and captured the town on 21 February 1862. The ships crew suffered 6 killed and 15 wounded.[2]

Australia station[edit]

Refitted again in Portsmouth during 1863 before spending the rest of her active life on the Australia Station. During this period she took part in the New Zealand land wars.[3] On 28 April 1864 she participated in the bombardment of Tai Rawhiti. The next day some of her crew took part in the attack on Gate Pā as part of the Naval Brigade.[2] She left the Australia Station in November 1867 for England.

Fate[edit]

She paid off at Woolwich on 3 October 1868 and was sold on 27 September 1869 to C. Marshall for £2046 for breaking at Plymouth.[1][2]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Winfield (2004) pp.213-215
  2. ^ a b c d Bastock, pp.44-45.
  3. ^ a b "HMS Falcon at William Looney website". Retrieved 2008-11-16. 

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