H.M.S. Falcon 1854

Recently, I came across a photo of HMS FALCON, the sloop-of-war that figures significantly in CONFLICTING LOYALTIES. Built in 1854, she was barque-rigged as shown in the picture. Her time on the West African Station commenced with her commissioning at Portsmouth on May 4, 1859 and concluded with her being paid off at Portsmouth October 6, 1862. In 1861, she actually did capture an American slaver, the FLIGHT with 550 slaves aboard, and in fact was off Monrovia and Cape Palmas in July of 1861. In January 1861 Lieutenant Algernon Heneage assumed...

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