La Félicité

Nominal Guns32NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1.1.1785NNF-1774
First Commissioned28.8.1786NNF-1774
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1774
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassFélicité ClassNNF-1774
Designed by Pierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)NNF-1774
Constructor Pierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1774
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1774
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1774
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1774
BecomesHaitian Fifth Rate frigate 'Amethyste' (1809) (34)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck136' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.1728 (144′ 11″ Imperial)
Length of Keel119' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.6512 (126′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth34' 8"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.0973 (36′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 9"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5564 (18′ 2″ Imperial)


4.1786Broadside Weight = 180 French Livre (194.256 lbs 88.11 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle8 French 6-Pounder

1803Broadside Weight = 210 French Livre (226.632 lbs 102.795 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle2 French 36-Pounder Obusier
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder

1808Broadside Weight = 84 French Livre (90.6528 lbs 41.118 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck14 French 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1786271 NNF-1774

1 Commanding Officer

1792 - 1793Capitaine de Vaisseau Jean-Baptiste Raymond de Lacrosse (1760-1829)F001

Service History

1808Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Frigate
16.6.1809Taken by Latona (38) in the Caribbean (en-Flute)E-WIKI
16.6.1809Taken by Cherub (18) in the Caribbean (en-Flute)E-WIKI


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 26th of July 2012 20:58

8 May 1793 French Royalist Felicite 38 joins British forces at Dominica which sail for Martinique where they are joined by the French royalist Firme 74

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