La Subtile

Nominal Guns20NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down9.1740NNF-1715
First Commissioned10.1741NNF-1715
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1715
Constructor Jacques Poirier (d.1740)NNF-1715
CategorySixth RateNNF-1715
National RateCinquième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrégate Légère NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck102'French Feet (Pied du Roi)33.1567 (108′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth28'French Feet (Pied du Roi)9.1215 (29′ 11″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold12' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)3.9788 (13′ 0″ Imperial)


10.1741Broadside Weight = 60 French Livre (64.752 lbs 29.37 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck20 French 6-Pounder

19.11.1746Broadside Weight UnknownBG
Gun Deck26 French Canons de Fer

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.17411744 officers, 170 menNNF-1715
19.11.1741194 BG

Service History

19.11.1746Taken by Portland (50) BG
19.11.1746Taken by Winchelsea (20)

Notes on Ship


Admiralty Office, November 29

On the 19th Instant his Majesty's Ship the Portland took, 73 Leagues West S. W. from Ushant, a French Frigate called the Subtile, of 26 guns, 194 men, and had brought her into Torbay. She had been 18 days from Brest and was returning there, without having taken any thing.


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