La Gentille

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down7.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany BWAS-1714
Ship ClassIphigenie ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Leon-Michel Guignance (1731-1805)BWAS-1714
Constructor Beauregard de SegrayBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
National RateQuatrième RangBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Gentille' (1795) (36)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck136' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.1728 (144′ 11″ Imperial)
Length of Keel120' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.976 (127′ 10″ 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)
Laden Draught Aft16' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.1968 (17′ 0″ Imperial)
Laden Draught Forward15' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.872 (15′ 11″ Imperial)


18.6.1778Broadside Weight = 174 French Livre (187.7808 lbs 85.173 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1777288Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders

1779 - 3.1780Lieutenant de Vaisseau Charles de Mengaud de la Haye TransferedE-WIKI4.1780 - 19.2.1781Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jacques-Aime Le Saige (Chevalier de la Villebrune)FWIKI

Service History

17.8.1779Took the Ship of the Line Ardent (64) FWIKI
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
26.4.1780Took the Sloop Fortune (14) off Barbuda
16.3.1781Battle of Cape Henry
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
10.4.1795Astraea vs Gloire
11.4.1795Taken by Hannibal (74)
11.4.1795Taken by Hannibal (74) in the Channel
11.4.1795Taken by Robust (74) in the Channel


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
4.1781-1781Division Le Saige Jacques-Aime Le Saige (Chevalier de la Villebrune) 

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