Hawk (10)

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Origin and History

The sloop was built at Limehouse and launched in 1756.

During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:

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The sloop was sold in 1781.

Service during the War

In 1757, the ship was part of the aborted expedition against Louisbourg. By July 10, a British fleet (Hardy's and Holbourne's squadrons) had been assembled at Halifax. However on August, when the combined fleet was ready to set sail, Louisbourg had already been reinforced by three French squadrons and governor Loudon canceled the whole enterprise.

At the beginning of 1758, the sloop was part of the fleet who assembled at Portsmouth under the command of admiral Edward Boscawen for a new expedition against Louisbourg. On February 19, this fleet set sail for Halifax and finally arrived there on May 9. On May 28, the fleet sailed from Halifax and arrived in sight of Louisbourg on June 1. Throughout the siege of Louisbourg, the fleet actively supported the British army and the fortress finally surrendered on July 26.

In November 1759, the sloop was captured by the French. She was bought by merchants from Saint-Malo and transformed into a privateer under the name of "Duchesse de Grammont".

On February 4 1761, she was recaptured by the British Juno (32).

To do: campaigns from 1761 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 10

N.B.: reported with 12 guns in 1757 by "Complete History"

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Crew 100
Length ???
Width ???
Depth ???
Displacement ???

References

Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761, pp. 202-205, 233-235

Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.