HMS Linnet (1814)

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Royal Navy EnsignUK
Name: HMS Linnet
Builder: Isle de Noix, Lake Champlain
Launched: April 1814
Captured: 11 September 1814
United States
Name: USS Linnet
Acquired: By capture, 11 September 1814
Fate: Sold 1825
General characteristics
Class and type: 16-gun brig-sloop
Tons burthen: 350 (bm)
Length: 82 ft 6 in (25.1 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Depth of hold: 6 ft 8 in (2.0 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Brig
Complement: 99
Armament: 16 x 12-pounder guns

HMS Linnet was a 16-gun brig, built in 1814 by the Royal Navy at Ile aux Noix, Canada, as Niagara. Renamed Linnet and commanded by Commander Daniel Pring, RN, she served on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. The Americans captured her in 1814 at the Battle of Lake Champlain at Plattsburgh, New York, and took her into service though she never sailed again. She was sold in 1825.


Linnet joined Capt. George Downie's squadron, taking part in the Battle of Lake Champlain on 11 September 1814. Sailing down the bay, Linnet engaged the American brig Eagle, of 18 guns. Linnet did much damage to Eagle until Commodore Thomas Macdonough's flagship Saratoga raked Linnet, causing her to strike. Linnet had sustained losses of 10 killed and 15 wounded.[1]


The Americans repaired Linnet and took her into the U.S. Navy as the USS Linnet. However, because the War of 1812 was over by that time, they placed her in ordinary at Whitehall, New York. She was sold in 1825.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ Gossett (1986), p. 94.