L'Arc en Ciel11282
Nominal Guns44NNF-1661
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1674/06NNF-1661
First Commissioned1678/08
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1661
ShipyardToulon NNF-1661
Ship ClassFerme Class
Designed byFrançois ChapelleNNF-1661
ConstructorCharles AudibertNNF-1661
CategoryFourth RateNNF-1661
National RateQuatrième Rang
Ship TypeFrégate-Vaisseau de 1er Ordre
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up1699NNF-1661


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1661
Length of Gundeck115' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)37.352 (122′ 6″ Imperial)
Length of Keel96' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)31.1808 (102′ 3″ Imperial)
Breadth26' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.4448 (27′ 8″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold13' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.2765 (14′ 0″ Imperial)


1678Broadside Weight = 276 French Livre (286 lbs 135.102 kg) W033
Lower Gun Deck20French 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22French 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck4French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource


16841684Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Pierre Le Bret (Chevalier de Flacourt)ref:687
16891689Capitaine de Vaisseau Barthélemy-Alexandre d'Aralle (Chevalier de Perrinet)ref:687
16901690Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Charles de Sainte-Maureref:687

Service History

DateEvent Source
1689/05/01Battle of Bantry Bay 
1690/06/30Battle of Beachy Head 


NNF-1661 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1661 à 1715Alain DemerliacBook
W033 Vaisseaux de Ligne Francais de 1682 a 1767Ronald DeschenesWeb Site
ref:687 Mes campagnes de mer sous Louis XIVPhilippe de Vilette-MursayBook
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Posted by George Ayers on Sunday 13th of November 2016 03:21

I have a copy of the handwritten Journal de la Navigation 1687 from France to New France (April 26 - May 27) for the Arc-en-ciel.

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