Scorpion (14)

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Origin and History

The sloop of war was built by James Wyatt at Bucklers Hard and launched on July 8 1746.

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

  • in 1759: commander John Cleland

The sloop of war foundered in the Irish Sea on September 23 1762.

Service during the War

In February 1759, the sloop of war sailed from Spithead in Great Britain as part of the fleet destined for the expedition against Québec. The voyage was long and tedious. On April 21, when the fleet finally reached Louisbourg, it was to find the harbour blocked with ice, so that the fleet made for Halifax instead. The fleet finally sailed for Louisbourg in May. From June 1 to 6, the fleet gradually left the harbour of Louisbourg and sailed for Québec. On June 23, Saunders' fleet made a junction with Durell's squadron at Isles-aux-Coudres. On June 26, the whole British fleet of vice-admiral Saunders was anchored safely off the southern shore of Isle-d'Orléans, a few km below Québec without loosing a single ship. Québec finally surrendered on September 18 1759. At the end of October, vice-admiral Saunders fired his farewell salute and dropped down the Saint-Laurent river with his fleet on his way to Great Britain.

To do: more details on the campaign from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 14 of various calibres
Gundeck not available
Quarterdeck not available
Forecastle not available
Crew not available
Length at gundeck 91 ft (27.7 m.)
Width 26 ft 6 in (8.1 m.)
Depth not available
Displacement 276 long tons (280 tonnes)

References

Blasco, Manuel, Unrated 1714-1792, 3 Decks Wiki

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy

Wikipedia

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