Chevalier Pierre-Andre de Suffren

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth13.1.1726 - Chateau de Saint-CannatF001
First Known Service1743F001
Last Known Service1780F001
Date of Death2.12.1788 - Paris F001

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
 Appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre de Malteref:631
1743 Garde de la Marineref:631
1744 Le Solide (64), Garde de la Marineref:631
10.2.1743/4411.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon 
1747 Enseigne de Vaisseauref:631
174714.10.1747Le Monarque (74), Enseigne de Vaisseauref:631
14.10.1747 2nd Battle of Cape Finisterre 
1748 Appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre de Malte after his release from British : no dateref:631
1756 Lieutenant de Vaisseauref:631
1756 L'Orphee (64), Lieutenant de Vaisseauref:631
20.5.1756 Battle of Minorca 
175918.8.1759L'Océan (80), Lieutenant de Vaisseauref:631
18.8.175919.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay 
1760 He returned from England in 1760, paroled in an exchange of officers. Suffren must keep his word: not to fight until the end of the conflict. Peace will return in 1763 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in the meantime, he asks the minister for leave to continue his apprenticeship in Malta. Leave granted by Choiseul with a letter of recommendation to the grand master .FWIKI
4.17618.1762He left France in April 1761 to return in August 1762. Nothing is known of this second Maltese stay either. One can simply deduce from it that during these 16 months, the knight filled his regulation time of three caravans (expeditions against the Barbaresques).FWIKI
5.1763 La Pléiade (32), Lieutenant de VaisseauFWIKI
8.5.1764 Le Caméléon (20), Lieutenant de Vaisseau and Commanding OfficerFWIKI
1765 Commands the Division of Chebecs : "Singe" and "Caméléon" , sister-ships FWIKI
1765 Le Singe (20), Lieutenant de Vaisseau and Commanding Officerref:631
31.5.176511.6.1765Blockade of the Pirates of Salé 
25.6.176528.6.1765Larache Expedition 
1.1766 In January 1766, Suffren, who seemed inactive on the ground, picked up his pen and again asked Minister Choiseul to be part of the mission which was to go to Morocco to negotiate peace there. Suffren says he wants to study the country and possibly participate in the negotiations, claiming to bring "as much goodwill as disinterestedness". Cautiously, he also seeks a command for the colonies, if none of his demands are met. A daring request, even taking into account the satisfaction he obtained in his previous mission, but which is accepted.FWIKI
3.176727.7.1767L'Union (64), as a passengerFWIKI
28.7.176718.8.1767Suffren, who seems to have forged links with the Comte de Breugnon, obtains permission to accompany him to Versailles.FWIKI
18.8.1767 Capitaine de FrégateFWIKI
17686.1769Not at sea .FWIKI
10.1769 In October 1769, Pierre-André resumed his pen to request a new leave of absence, for a period of two years this time, to resume service in Malta, where he now had to "hold out" .FWIKI
10.17691772In the service of MaltaFWIKI
18.2.1772 Capitaine de VaisseauFWIKI
24.11.177219.6.1773La Mignonne (32), Capitaine de Vaisseau and Commanding OfficerFWIKI
10.17746.1775La Mignonne (32), Capitaine de Vaisseau and Commanding OfficerFWIKI
30.4.177626.10.1776L'Alcmene (32), Capitaine de Vaisseau and Commanding OfficerFWIKI
26.11.17761777He is asking for three months' leave to travel to Malta , where he is waiting for important business.FWIKI
4.17771779Le Fantasque (64), Capitaine de Vaisseau and Commanding OfficerFWIKI
14.12.177815.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia 
6.7.1779 Battle of Grenada 
4.1780 Le Zélé (74), Capitaine de Vaisseau and Commanding OfficerFWIKI
16.4.1781 Commanded the French battle line at the Battle of Porto Praya 
16.4.1781 Commander-in-Chief at the Battle of Porto Praya 
17.2.1782 Commanded the French Battle Line at the Battle of Sadras 
12.4.1782 Commanded the French Battle Line at the Battle of Providien 
3.9.1782 Commanded the French Battle Line at the Battle of Trincomalee 
20.6.1783 Commanded the French Line of Battle at the 2nd Battle of Cuddalore 

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Posted by Jacques Valat on Tuesday 29th of September 2015 04:41

He was commanding the french squadron in the battle of Port Praya (1781)

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