Nominal Guns16NNF-1774
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
PreviouslyFrench brig-aviso 'L'Epervier' (1788) (6)
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassExpédition ClassNNF-1774
Designed byPierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)NNF-1774
ConstructorBenjamin DuboisNNF-1774
Ship TypeBrig-Aviso NNF-1774
BecomesBritish sloop 'Epervier' (1797) (16)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1792
Length of Gundeck83' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)26.9584 (88′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Keel71' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)23.0608 (75′ 7″ Imperial)
Breadth26' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.4448 (27′ 8″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold13' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.2224 (13′ 10″ Imperial)


4.1797Broadside Weight = 40 French Livre (43.168 lbs 19.58 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck18 French 4-Pounder
Gun Deck4 French 2-Pounder

12.11.1797Broadside Weight = 32 French Livre (34.5344 lbs 15.664 kg)BG
Gun Deck16 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.11.1797145 BG

Service History

12.11.1797Taken by Cerberus (32) on the Irish StationBG

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, December 2.

Copy of a letter from Captain John Drew, Commander of His Majesty's. Ship Cerberus, to Evan Nepean, Esq dated at Cork,the 20th Ultimo.

SIR, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, I have to acquaint you, on the 12th Instant, in the Lat. 49 deg. 4.8 min. N. Long. 22 deg. 18 min. W. I captured the French Private Ship of War L'Epervier carrying 16  4-pounders, pierced for 20, and her Complement 145 men. On the 13th recaptured the Adelphi, from Quebec, bound to London, taken by the above Ship. On the 14th captured Le Renard, carrying 18  6-pounders, pierced for 20, her complement 189 men; both Privateers are copper bottomed, sail very fast, and are quite new; we likewise chased the Buonaparte, carrying 32 guns and 250 men, but carrying away all our steering sails, and main topgallant mast, it enabled her to get off, after doing her considerable damage with the bow-chace guns, and I have every reason to believe she is returned to France, from her having thrown every thing over board.


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