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FLY (12) Sloop Built in 1732, Sheerness DY.
Broken up in 1750.

  • 1743 Capt. Ormond THOMSON. On 29th. January 1744 the FLY met with a Spanish Privateer in the Latitude of 48 deg. 17 min. 40 leagues from the Lizard, and engaged her from eight o'clock in the Morning, till ten. Yard Arm and Yard Arm, when the Privateer struck, and Capt. Thomson brought her in to Plymouth. She was called the Nostra Senora del Rosario, had 12 Carriage Guns and 133 Men. She was a new Snow and had been but four days out of Bilboa.
  • On 22 February 1744 FLY looked into Dunkirk road and sighted four French men of war, and afterwards saw six more, of about 60 guns each, having two flags at their top-mast heads, passing by Boulogne steering towards the Flemish coast.
  • 1746 Capt. Patrick BAIRD, who was a lieutenant in the GLOUCESTER during ANSON's voyage round the world. In January 1747 FLY brought into Mount's Bay a French dogger privateer called the Happy Return of Honfleur, ten carriage guns, six swivels and 85 men. The captain had been dangerously wounded in the thigh by a double-headed shot during a very hard action. After his recovery he was promoted into RAINBOW (40)

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