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La Vénus

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Nominal Guns26NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down12.1722NNF-1715
Launched10.1723NNF-1715
First Commissioned1.1724NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1715
Constructor
Jacques PoirierFrench
Designer
Ship Builder
ref:689
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1715
National RateCinquième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrigate (Frégate Légère)NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Wrecked5.1745NNF-1715

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck101' 9"French Feet (Pied du Roi)33.0484 (108′ 5″ Imperial)
Breadth27' 7"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.7967 (28′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold11' 9"French Feet (Pied du Roi)3.8164 (12′ 6″ Imperial)
Burthen350Ton 

Armament


1.1724Broadside Weight = 72 French Livre (77.7024 lbs 35.244 kg)NNF-1715
Upper Gun Deck20 French 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1.17241544 officers, 150 menNNF-1715

5 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
1734Capitaine de Vaisseau
François Henri de CoulombeFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1746
ref:673
1737 - 1738Capitaine de Vaisseau
François Henri de CoulombeFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1746
ref:673
4.1738 - 1739Capitaine de Vaisseau, Year ??
Chevalier Hilarion Josselin Duguay (Comte )French
Naval Sailor
Service 1705-1760
ref:673
1744Lieutenant de Vaisseauref:6735.1.1744 - 30.4.1744Capitaine de Vaisseau
Anne Antoine d'Aché (Comte d'Aché de Serquigny)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1717-1780
ref:1275

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1.10.1731 - 1738Lieutenant de Vaisseau
Guy-François de Coëtnempren (Comte de Kersaint)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1756
ref:1220

Service History


DateEventSource
4.1738

In expedition against the corsairs of Salé , under Captain Duguay : date ??

ref:673
8.5.1744Took the Ship of the Line
Northumberland (64) 1743-1744
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
off Ushant


 

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Posted by Albert Parker on Tuesday 23rd of February 2016 02:05

VÉNUS WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE CAPTURE OF NORTHUMBERLAND ON 1744-05-08.
As of April 24/May 5, Vénus was assigned to patrol the English Channel between Le Havre and Brest, hundreds of miles/kilometers from where Northumberland was captured on 1744-05-08.
The participation of Vénus in the capture of Northumberland is a figment of the imagination of British naval history writers of the late 18th century. Vénus is not mentioned by name in the only published British first-hand account of the capture, and she is not mentioned in the report of the commanding officer of the French force, Captain Conflans of Content, in the official report of the captain of the ship that did most of the fighting, Captain Perrier of Mars, or in a published letter from another officer of Mars.
See the Northumberland and "Action of 1744-05-08" entries for more information about how Vénus came to be associated IN ERROR with the capture of Northumberland.

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