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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.

DescriptionEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lloyd's Register of Shipping". Lloyd's of London. 1830. p. 584. http://www.archive.org/stream/lloydsregisters78unkngoog#page/n583/mode/2up. 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. http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/napoleons-getaway-ship-found-in-queensland/ar-BBl9bjT. 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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