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Swiftsure (brig)

|Ship image=File:Retour de lIle dElbe-Garneray-IMG 2247.jpg |Ship image size=200px |Ship caption=Zéphir and Inconstant. |module=<tr> <th height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Career </th> <th style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"></th> </tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Name:</td><td> Inconstant
Swiftsure</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Port of registry:</td><td> Flag of France.svg France (1811– )
Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland ( –1831)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>In service:</td><td> 1811</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Out of service:</td><td> c.1831</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Fate:</td><td> Wrecked</td></tr> |module2=<tr> <th colspan="2" height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">General characteristics </th></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Class & type:</td><td> brig</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Tons burthen:</td><td> 337 tons BOM</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Draught:</td><td> 14 feet (4.3 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Propulsion:</td><td> Sails</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Sail plan:</td><td> Brig</td></tr> }}

Swiftsure was a 337-ton brig that was built in 1811 as Inconstant. In 1815, she was used by Napoleon to escape from exile on Elba. She was later seized by the British as a prize of war. Swiftsure was wrecked off the coast of Queensland in 1831.


The ship was assessed at 337 tons Builder's Old Measurement. A single decked ship, she was rigged as a brig. Fully laden, she had a draught of 14 feet (4.3 m).[1]


The ship was built in 1811 as Inconstant for a French owner.[1][2] on 26 February 1815, Inconstant was used by Napoleon to escape from exile in Elba.[3]

By 1828,[4] Inconstant had been seized by the British as a prize of war. She was renamed Swiftsure and put into service between the United Kingdom, New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land[2][4] Sometime before 10 July 1831, she was wrecked in the Torres Strait 3.8 nautical miles (7 km) off the Cape York Peninsula, near the mouth of the Lockhart River.[2][5]

The wreck of the vessel was discovered in November 2014. The discovery was officially announced in June 2015.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lloyd's Register of Shipping". Lloyd's of London. 1830. p. 584. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ferrier, Tracey. "Napoleon's getaway ship 'found in Queensland'". MSN News Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. "Postscript". Liverpool. 24 March 1815. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 2 June 1828. 
  5. "(untitled)". 24 November 1831. 

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