La Belle Poule

Nominal Guns32NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down3.1765NNF-1715
First Commissioned1.1767NNF-1715
ShipyardBordeaux - Gascony NNF-1715
Ship ClassDédaigneuse ClassNNF-1715
Designed by Leon-Michel Guignance (1731-1805)NNF-1715
Constructor Leon-Michel Guignance (1731-1805)NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1715
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Belle Poule' (1780) (36)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck132' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)42.8787 (140′ 8″ Imperial)
Length of Keel119' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.6512 (126′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth34' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.0838 (36′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5448 (18′ 2″ Imperial)


1.1767Broadside Weight = 174 French Livre (187.7808 lbs 85.173 kg)NNF-1715
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.17372688 officers, 260 menNNF-1715

4 Ship Commanders

1777 - 3.1778Lieutenant de VaisseauChevalier Charles de Bernard de Marigny (1740-1816)FWIKI6.1778 - 1778Lieutenant de VaisseauChevalier Jean-Isaac Chadeau de la Clocheterie (1741-1782)FWIKI3.1779 - 1779Capitaine de Vaisseau Thibaut-René de Kergariou-Locmaria (1739-1695)FWIKI1780 - 14.7.1780Lieutenant de Vaisseau Raymond-Marie Kergariou de Coatlès (d.1780)FWIKI

1 Commissioned Officer

6.1778 - 17.6.1778Capitaine en second Grain de Saint-Marceau (d.1778)DA-WIKI

1 Passenger

3.1772 - 1772Lieutenant de Vaisseau Thibaut-René de Kergariou-Locmaria (1739-1695)FWIKI

Service History

7.1.1778Encounter between Belle-Poule and two british 74
17.6.1778Arethusa vs Belle Poule
14.7.1780Taken by Nonsuch (64)


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Timothy Oakley on Thursday 19th of November 2020 05:13

October 25, 1768-July 28, 1769 La Belle-Poule, went to French Guiana with de Kearney commanding

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 31st of August 2012 21:19

14 Jul 1780 French Belle Poule 36 captain Kergariou taken by Nonsuch 64 Captain Sir James Wallace off the Loire and added

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