Nominal Guns32NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down4.1767NNF-1715
First Commissioned3.1769NNF-1715
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
ConstructorJoseph Coulomb (1704-1728)NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1715
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Espion' (1794) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck137'French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.5027 (146′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel122'French Feet (Pied du Roi)39.6281 (130′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth35' 7"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.4059 (37′ 5″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 11"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5255 (18′ 1″ Imperial)


3.1769Broadside 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
3.17692777 officers, 270 menNNF-1715

2 Commanding Officers

9.3.1776 - 30.10.1776Capitaine de Vaisseau Joseph Bernard de Chabert (Marquis de Chabert et Cogolin) (1724-1805)FWIKI1777 - 1780Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Nicolas Louis de Durfort (Baron de Durfort) (1736-1784)EWIKI

1 Commissioned Officer

1773 - 1781Lieutenant de VaisseauLouis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse (1748-1812)F001

Service History

5.5.1794Taken by Swiftsure (74) near Cork
6.5.1794Swiftsure vs Atalante


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