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 Poirier (d.1740)ref:689
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1715
National RateCinquième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrégate 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

1 Commanding Officer


DatesRankNameSource
5.1.1744 - 30.4.1744Capitaine de Vaisseau Anne Antoine d'Aché (Comte d'Aché de Serquigny) (1701-1780)ref:1275

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1.10.1731 - 1738Lieutenant de Vaisseau Guy-François de Coëtnempren (Comte de Kersaint) (1703-1759)ref:1220

Service History


DateEventSource
8.5.1744Action of 1744-05-08
8.5.1744Took the Ship of the Line Northumberland (64) 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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