HMS Fowey (1749)

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Lord Dunmore fleeing to HMS Fowey (1907 illustration)
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Name: HMS Fowey
Owner: Royal Navy
Builder: Janvrin, Lepe[1]
In service: 1749
Fate: Sunk in action October 10, 1781[2]
General characteristics
Class and type: 6th rate frigate[3]
Tons burthen: 513 bm[4]
Length: 113 ft 6 in (34.6 m)[5]
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)[6]
Propulsion: Sail (three masts, ship rig)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 24 cannons[7]

HMS Fowey was a sixth-rate warship of the Royal Navy. Built in 1749,[8] the ship was sunk in action with the French during the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.[9] The ship is noted as having received Lord Dunmore, the governor of the Colony of Virginia, when he fled the colony for safety after the Gunpowder Incident during the beginning of the American Revolution, marking the last departure of a Royal Governor from the colony, effectively ending British rule in Virginia. The National Park Service has identified it as a probable candidate for a wreck located off Yorktown in the York River.[10]


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  8. ^ Billington, Phil (2008). The Guide to Fabulous Fowey. Worcester, UK: Polperro Heritage Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-09553648-5-3.
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  10. ^ "State Submerged Research Law: Virginia". National Park Service. Retrieved 8 March 2014.