Le Monsieur

Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorPrivate Owners
Keel Laid Down7.1778NNF-1774
Home PortGranville - Normandy BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1774
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1774
National RateQuatrième RangBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Monsieur' (1780) (36)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774


1779Broadside Weight = 192 French Livre (207.2064 lbs 93.984 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 French 6-Pounder

1779Broadside Weight = 3 French Livre (3.2376 lbs 1.4688 kg)ref:692
Gun Deck40 French Canons de Fonte
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 French Swivel

1780Broadside Weight Unknownref:692
Gun Deck40 French Canons de Fonte


1778/07 - 1780/03/13 Valmon , Le Boucher de Valesfleur and Deslandesref:692

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1778390with Captain Jourdanref:692
1778390with Captain Bochetref:692
1779398with Captain GuidelouNNF-1774

2 Commanding Officers

1778Corsaire CaptainFrançois Jourdan de la Monnerie (1739-1821)ref:6928.1779 - 12.3.1780Corsaire CaptainNicolas GuidelouNNF-1774

Service History

13.3.1780Taken by Alexander (74) ref:692
13.3.1780Taken by Courageux (74) ref:692

Notes on Ship

Prizes ref:692

By Captain Bochet : Betz , Field , Bellone

16 prizes by Captain Guidelou in 1779 : Endeavour , Notre dame de la Conception , Veller , Lord Cornwallis , Hope , Katty , Matty , Experiment , Vervagoten , ....

19 prizes by Captain Guidelou : Villanova , Succès , St Antoine de Padoue , Joseph , Polly , ...


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Brian Stephens on Sunday 6th of April 2014 02:14

Edinburgh Advertiser April 14, 1780
The Monsieur privateer lately taken by the Alexander man of war, is ordered to be fitted in the King's service, she is large than any of our 40 gun frigates, and her guns are all brass; her weight of metal is 24 and 18 pounders.

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