HMS Falcon (1854)
Cruizer, sister-ship to Falcon
|Ordered:||2 April 1853|
|Laid down:||November 1853|
|Launched:||10 August 1854|
|Commissioned:||30 March 1855|
|Fate:||Broken up at Plymouth in 1869|
|Class & type:||Cruizer-class screw sloop|
|Displacement:||1,045 tons |
|Tons burthen:||747 51/94 bm|
|Length:||160 ft (49 m) (gundeck)
140 ft 1.75 in (42.7165 m) (keel)
|Beam:||31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)|
|Depth of hold:||17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)|
|Installed power:||100 nominal horsepower
312 ihp (233 kW)
|Speed:||7.8 kn (14.4 km/h)|
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.
North America station
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.
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. 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. She left the Australia Station in November 1867 for England.
- Winfield (2004) pp.213-215
- Bastock, pp.44-45.
- "HMS Falcon at William Looney website". Retrieved 2008-11-16.
- Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555.
- Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0-86777-348-0