HMS Squirrel (1755)

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History
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Name: HMS Squirrel
Ordered: 30 October 1754
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Laid down: 19 March 1755
Launched: 23 October 1755
Completed: 28 December 1755
Commissioned: October 1755
Out of service: Sold 16 January 1783
Honours and
awards:
Fate: Sold
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 403 5194 bm
Length:
  • 107 ft 3 in (32.7 m) (gundeck)
  • 89 ft 5.25 in (27.3 m) (keel)
Beam: 29 ft 1.5 in (8.9 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Complement: 160[1]
Armament: 20 x 9-pounder guns

HMS Squirrel was a Royal Navy sixth rate post ship, built in 1755.

History[edit]

HMS Squirrel was originally constructed in Woolwich Dockyard and launched on 23 October 1755, and mounted 20 guns, all on the upper deck. After serving during the French and Indian War, she was used to enforce customs laws in New England prior to the American Revolution. In 1764 while in Newport, Rhode Island Squirrel came to the assistance of HMS St John, which was attacked by American colonists on Goat Island (Rhode Island).

On 23 December 1781 Squirrel was in company with Antigua, Dunkirk, and Cambridge at the capture of the Dutch ship De Vrow Esther.[2]

Squirrel was in active service until she was sold on 16 January 1783.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chartrand, René (2000). Louisbourg 1758: Wolfe's First Siege. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 1-84176-217-2. 
  2. ^ "No. 12678". The London Gazette. 30 August 1785. p. 410. 
  3. ^ Paine, Lincoln P (2000). Warships of the World to 1900, Volume 799. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 95. ISBN 0-395-98414-9. 
  4. ^ Colledge, JJ; Warlow, Ben (2010). Ships of the Royal Navy. London: Casemate. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-935149--07-1. 
  5. ^ Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6. 

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