Le Pélican

Nominal Guns50NNF-1661
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down4.1692NNF-1661
First Commissioned5.1693
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1661
ShipyardBayonne NNF-1661
Ship ClassPélican Class
ConstructorFelix Arnaud (1622-?)NNF-1661
CategoryFourth RateNNF-1661
National RateTroisième Rang
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1661
Length of Gundeck118' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.3264 (125′ 8″ Imperial)
Breadth32' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)10.4748 (34′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold12' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)3.9788 (13′ 0″ Imperial)


1693Broadside Weight = 228 French Livre (246.0576 lbs 111.606 kg)W033
Lower Gun Deck22 French 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 French 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1693280 NNF-1661

3 Commanding Officers

1693 - 4.10.1693Capitaine de Vaisseau Antoine d'Arcy (Seigneur de La Varenne) (1656-1732)ref:6934.10.1693 - 13.10.1693Capitaine de FrégateJacques Duvignau (1645-1702)ref:6931697 - 5.9.1697Capitaine de Vaisseau Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (Sieur d'Iberville et d'Ardillières) (1661-1706)TRN2

Service History

5.1693Foundered at BayonneNNF-1661
28.7.1693Battle of Bear Bay
20.9.1693Took the Fourth Rate Ship of the Line Diamond (42) ref:695
26.8.1697Battle of Hudsons Bay
5.9.1697Wrecked in Hudson BayNNF-1661


NNF-1661Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1661 à 1715Alain DemerliacBook
W033Vaisseaux de Ligne Francais de 1682 a 1767Ronald DeschenesWeb Site
ref:693Dr. Francis LeBaronGérard AngladeBook
TRN2The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
ref:695French Naval Operations in Spitsbergen During Louis XIV’s Reign Philippe HenratWeb Site

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Posted by Gérard ANGLADE on Monday 13th of June 2016 17:53

Commanders of le Pélican : 25/02/1693, de la Varenne, Capitaine. Then 04/10/1693 : capitaine de frégate Duvignau. 20/11/1694 : capitaine de frégate du Parc + lieutenant de vaisseau André d’Urtubie

Posted by Gérard ANGLADE on Monday 13th of June 2016 16:38

July, 1693, battle of Bear Bay in Spitsbergen; French Captain de la Varenne, commander of le Pélican and leader of a squadron of four French war ships (l’ Aigle, le Favory, le Prudent, le Pélican) captured or destroyed at least 26 Dutch whalers. Source: France AN MAR B/4/14 (2) f°522.

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