HMS Siren (1773)
|Ordered:||25 December 1770|
|Builder:||John Henniker & Co, Chatham|
|Laid down:||April 1771|
|Launched:||2 November 1773|
|Completed:||5 October 1775 at Chatham Dockyard|
|Fate:||Grounded and abandoned under fire, 6 November 1777|
|Class and type:||28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||603 40⁄94 bm|
|Beam:||33 ft 9 in (10.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||200 officers and men|
HMS Siren (or Syren[Note 1]) was a 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. Siren was first commissioned in August 1775 under the command of Captain Tobias Furneaux, her only commanding officer.
She took part in the Battle of the Rice Boats on 2-3 March 1776 on the border between the Province of Georgia and the Province of South Carolina and in the Battle of Sullivan's Island of 28 June 1776 upon Charleston, South Carolina.
Siren, escorting a convoy in poor visibility, ran aground at about 6:00 am on 6 November 1777 near Point Judith, along with two other ships. Efforts were made to bring her off, but American forces ashore brought up field artillery and prevented salvage operations. Siren was abandoned with the loss of 2 killed and 5 wounded. [Note 2]
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