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Type: Sloop ; Armament 16
Purchased : 1801 ; Disposal date or year : 1816
1802 Diadem renamed Falcon
May 1805 Off Havre
10 Jun 1805 action against a convoy along the French coast.
12 Apr - 27 May 1807 hired ship sloops, Sally, and Charles and ship sloops Falcon and Dauntless engaged in the defence of Dantzic, during which the Dauntless was lost.
29 Apr-7 May 1808 ship's boats involved in burning, destroying and capturing a number of Danish supply vessels.
Navy Office 19 Jul 1816 Lying at Sheerness ; offered for sale for 31 Jul 1816.
Type: Revenue cutter ;
26 May 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the following revenue cutters on a secret service, viz. Repulse, Captain Mannings ; Greyhound, Captain Wilkinson ; Swan, Captain Ferris ; Rose, Captain Yeats ; Falcon, Chief Mate Warton ; Dolphin, Captain Johns ; and Swallow, Captain Amos.
10 Apr 1806 the Rebuff, in Company with the Falcon, captured the Prussian Ship Zee Nymphe.
19 Feb 1808 in Company with HM Ship Port Mahon, and Swallow, Falcon, and Hawke Revenue Cutters, captured the French privateer La Revanche.
The following appeared in the London Gazette: www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/16121/pages/269
HM Gun-Brig Hardy, off Little Hampton, February 19, 1808.
Sir, I beg Leave to acquaint you, that at Eight o'Clock this Morning, Beachy Head bearing E. by N. about Five Leagues, I discovered a Lugger close in Shore, and made Sail in chace of her. Shortly after observed a Revenue Cutter also in Chace, astern of us; and from her superior Sailing, came up with her sirst. Two other Cutters joined in the Chace. At Ten Minutes past Eleven she struck, and proved to be La Revois †, Captain Friesmanton, mounting Sixteen Guns, from Two to Six-Pounders, and Forty-eight Men ; left Dieppe on the 18th Instant, and had made no Capture. I have the Honour to be, &c. (Signed) Steph. Perdrieau.
To George Montagu, Esq; Admiral of the White, &c.
† There would appear to have been a few language difficulties as she was subsequently described as Revanche.
Gosport, January 2, 1809.
Notice is hereby given, that an Account of the Proceeds received for the Capture of La Revanche French Privateer, —----- Friefimanton, Commander, by HM Brig Hardy, Stephen Perdriean, Esq., Commander, (in Company with HM Ship Port Mahon, and Swallow, Falcon, and Hawke Revenue Cutters,) on the 19 Feb 1808, will be delivered into the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty, agreeably to Act of Parliament. Hurry, Jukes, and Co.