La Pléiade

Nominal Guns32NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down4.1754NNF-1715
First Commissioned4.1756NNF-1715
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
Constructor Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1715
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck120'French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.976 (127′ 10″ Imperial)
Length of Keel105'French Feet (Pied du Roi)34.1311 (111′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth29' 10"French Feet (Pied du Roi)9.4192 (30′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold15' 10"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.872 (15′ 11″ Imperial)


4.1756Broadside Weight = 116 French Livre (125.1872 lbs 56.782 kg)NNF-1715
Upper Gun Deck26 French 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.17562439 officers, 234 menNNF-1715

1 Ship Commander

1770Capitaine de Frégate Jean-Baptiste de Glandevès du Castellet (Baron de Glandevès) (1728-1803)ref:673

2 Commissioned Officers

5.1763 - 1763Lieutenant de VaisseauChevalier Pierre-Andre de Suffren (1726-1788)FWIKI1774 - 1775Lieutenant de VaisseauChevalier Pierre Ruffo de Bonneval (Comte Ruffo de Bonneval) (1744-1814)ref:673

Service History

28.2.1758Battle of Cartagena

She is engaged with three frigates (two from Rochefort, two from Toulon) against the Moroccan corsairs from Salé who have engaged in numerous acts of piracy against French commercial traffic. They are accompanied by two chebecs and two other small ships.

27.5.1763Sailed from Toulon FWIKI

The Pléiade cannons and sinks an Algerian corsair that it took for a Salétien . The Dey of Algiers, furious, engaged in violent anti-French reprisals . The affair was finally settled by an embassy escorted by a small squadron, which concluded a peace treaty, signed on January 16, 1764 with the Regency of Alger.

9.12.1763Arrived at Toulon FWIKI
31.5.1765Blockade of the Pirates of Salé
25.6.1765Larache Expedition

Protection of trade in the Levant.



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