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HMS Wagtail (1806)

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Name  HMS Wagtail
Laid down  February 1806
Construction started  February 1806
Ordered  11 December 1805
Class and type  Cuckoo-class schooner
Launched  12 April 1806
Builder  James Lovewell, Great Yarmouth
Fate  Wrecked 13 February 1807

HMS Wagtail was a Royal Navy Cuckoo-class schooner of four 12-pounder carronades and a crew of 20. She was built by James Lovewell at Great Yarmouth and launched in 1806. Like many of her class and the related Ballahoo-class schooners, she succumbed to the perils of the sea relatively early in her career.

She was commissioned in 1806 under Lieutenant William Cullis. She was wrecked on 13 February 1807 at Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel in the Azores, three hours after her sister ship Woodcock was wrecked, and near Woodcock's water-logged remains. Both vessels had been anchored in the shelter of an islet off the town when a gale came up. Because of the storm they were unable to clear the land.

Wagtail's cables held until 8pm. Then her cables parted, and with waves breaking over her, Cullis ran her ashore. One man of the 18 men in her crew drowned.

References

HMS Wagtail (1806) Wikipedia


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