Nominal Guns30NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down9.1755NNF-1715
First Commissioned7.1756NNF-1715
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1715
Ship ClassBlonde ClassNNF-1715
Designed by Jean-Joseph GinouxNNF-1715
Constructor Jean-Joseph Ginoux (1723-1785)NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1715
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck127'French Feet (Pied du Roi)41.2566 (135′ 4″ Imperial)
Length of Keel113'French Feet (Pied du Roi)36.7086 (120′ 5″ Imperial)
Breadth32'French Feet (Pied du Roi)10.4207 (34′ 2″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold16'French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.2239 (17′ 1″ Imperial)


7.1756Broadside 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
7.17562629 officers, 253 menNNF-1715

3 Ship Commanders

1759Capitaine de Frégate de LonguevilleFWIKI1779Lieutenant de Vaisseau Louis Bon Jean La Couldre de la Bretonniere (1741-1809)FWIKI1781 - 11.9.1781Capitaine de FrégateChevalier Jean-Baptiste Prevost de Sansac de Traversay (1754-1831)ref:631

1 Crewman

1776 - 1777Volontaire de la Marine Julien Marie Cosmao-Kerjulien (1761-1825)FWIKI

1 Passenger

2.1782 - 1782Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Charles René Louis de Bernard de Marigny (1740-1816)FWIKI

Service History

20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
10.1.1761Seahorse vs Aigrette
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
30.7.1781Took the Sloop Loyalist (14) off Cape Henry
11.9.1781Capture of HMS Iris and HMS Richmond
11.9.1781Took the Frigate Iris (28) in the ChesapeakeE-WIKI
11.9.1781Took the Frigate Richmond (32) in the Chesapeake

Charged by the Count of Grasse to go to France to report on army operations , the Chevalier de Marigny left the Ardent , and took passage on the frigate L'Aigrette.



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