HMS Barracouta (1804)
|Ordered:||23 June 1803|
|Builder:||Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), Bermuda|
|Fate:||Wrecked 3 October 1805|
|Tonnage:||70 41/94 bm|
55 ft 2 in (16.81 m) (overall)|
40 ft 10.5 in (12.5 m) (keel)
|Beam:||18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)|
|Depth of hold:||9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)|
|Armament:||4 x 12-pounder Carronades|
HMS Barracouta (1804) was a Royal Navy Ballahoo-class schooner of 4 12-pounder carronades and a crew of 20. The prime contractor for the vessel was Goodrich & Co., in Bermuda, and she was launched in 1804. Like many of her class and the related Cuckoo-class schooners, she succumbed to the perils of the sea relatively early in her career.
She was commissioned under Lieut. Joel Orchard and was wrecked on 3 October 1805. Because of bad weather and strong currents, and despite having kept a good lookout with soundings, she struck a reef of rocks during the night. Dawn found her on a ridge running north-south and about three miles from Padro Kay near the Jardines (Cuba).
All her crew were saved and set sail in one of her boats, which they had previously taken from the Spanish. They came across a Spanish schooner that they captured. Unfortunately, two privateers that had set out from Trinidad against them captured them in turn. The crew were made prisoners of war; one, a sub-lieutenant, died during captivity.
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