HMS Falcon (1854)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Falcon
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Launched: 10 August 1854
Decommissioned: 1869
Fate: Broken up at Plymouth in 1869
General characteristics
Type: Sloop
Tons burthen: 748 bm
Length: 160 ft (49 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Speed: 9.5 knots (17.6 km/h) (under steam)
Armament: 17 guns

HMS Falcon was a 17 gun Royal Navy Cruizer-class sloop launched on 10 August 1854 at the Plymouth Dockyard.[1][2]

She served in the Baltic Sea during the Crimean War and participated in the blockade off the coast of Courland. She was then transferred to the North America and West Indies Station, where she served until 1857.[3] She was refitted in Portsmouth in 1858, then served as part of the West Africa Squadron off Africa from 1859 to 1862. Her ships company participated in the attack on the king of Baddiboo on the Gambia River, and the ship bombarded Saba and captured the town on 21 February 1862. The ships crew suffered 6 killed and 15 wounded.[2]

Refitted again in Portsmouth during 1863 before spending the rest of her active life on the Australia Station. During this period she took part in the New Zealand land wars.[3] On 28 April 1864 she participated in the bombarrdment of Tai Rawhiti. The next day some of her crew as part of the Naval Brigade attack on Gate Pa.[2] She left the Australia Station in November 1867 for England.

She paid off at Woolwich on 3 October 1868 and was sold on 27 September 1869 to C. Marshall for £2046 for breaking at Plymouth.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Winfield
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bastock, pp.44-45.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "HMS Falcon at William Looney website". Retrieved 2008-11-16. 


  • Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326. 
  • Bastock, John (1988), Ships on the Australia Station, Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. ISBN 0867773480