Nominal Guns18BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Privateer 'Chasseur' (1781)
First Commissioned1781/03
ShipyardBordeaux NNF-1774
Ship TypeShip-Sloop
BecomesFrench corvette 'Le Chasseur' (1782)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752
Length of Keel76' 9"Imperial Feet23.2029
Breadth28' 0"Imperial Feet8.5344
Burthen320Tons BM


1781/03Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg) BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource


1781/03/011781/03/03CommanderRobert MontaguBWAS-1714
1781/03/031782/02/14CommanderThomas ParrBWAS-1714

Service History

DateEvent Source
1781/03/01Commissioned in the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1782/02/14Taken by La Bellone  


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
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Posted by Cy on Thursday 22nd of December 2016 18:32

Actually, Le Chasseur (former Chaser) was taken by Medea, see the 'Becomes' link above.
HMS is an anacronism for this period, ships had no formal prefix unitl the mid 19C, hence threedecks doe not use them.

Posted by Ian Bates on Thursday 22nd of December 2016 07:49

Chaser was recaptured by Captain Erasmus Gower in HMS Medea on 15 January 1783. Chaser was carrying dispatches from the Marquis de Bussy to Admiral Suffren.

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