HMS Falmouth (1708)

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Name: HMS Falmouth
Builder: Stacey, Woolwich Dockyard
Launched: 26 February 1708
Fate: Broken up, 1747
General characteristics as built[1]
Class & type: 1706 Establishment 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 706 long tons (717.3 t)
Length: 130 ft (39.6 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 35 ft (10.7 m)
Depth of hold: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament:

50 guns:

  • Gundeck: 22 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 9 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 6 pdrs
General characteristics after 1729 rebuild[2]
Class & type: 1719 Establishment 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 760 long tons (772.2 t)
Length: 134 ft (40.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 36 ft (11.0 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft 2 in (4.6 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament:

50 guns:

  • Gundeck: 22 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 9 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 6 pdrs

HMS Falmouth was a 50-gun fourth-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Woolwich Dockyard to the 1706 Establishment of dimensions, and launched on 26 February 1708.[1]

On 14 May 1724 Falmouth was ordered to be taken to pieces and rebuilt according to the 1719 Establishment at Woolwich Dockyard, from where she was relaunched on 3 April 1729.[2]

Engagements[edit]

HMS Falmouth took part in the destruction of the fortress of San Lorenzo el Real Chagres (March 22-24 1740), in Panama, as part of a squadron commanded by Vice Admiral Edward Vernon during the War of Jenkins' Ear.

At 3 pm on March 22, 1740, the English squadron, composed of the ships Stafford, Norwich, Falmouth and Princess Louisa, the frigate Diamond, the bomb vessels Alderney, Terrible and Cumberland, the fireships Success and Eleanor, and transports Goodly and Pompey, under command of Vernon, began to bombard the Spanish fortress. Given the overwhelming superiority of the English forces, Captain Don Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Cevallos surrendered the fort on March 24, after resisting for two days.

Falmouth was broken up in 1747.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p168.
  2. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p170.

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.