La Palme

Nominal Guns12NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down11.1744NNF-1715
First Commissioned5.1745NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Ship ClassPalme ClassNNF-1715
Designed by Blaise Ollivier (d.1746)NNF-1715
Constructor Joseph-Louis OllivierNNF-1715
Ship TypeCorvette NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck84' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)27.2832 (89′ 6″ Imperial)
Length of Keel76' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)24.6848 (80′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth22' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.1456 (23′ 5″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold9' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)2.9232 (9′ 7″ Imperial)


5.1745Broadside Weight = 24 French Livre (25.9008 lbs 11.748 kg)NNF-1715
Upper Gun Deck12 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1745944 officers, 90 menNNF-1715
23.1.174775 BG

1 Ship Commander

1747 - 2.2.1748Sous-Brigadier , Garde de Marine François Alexis Périer (1725-1756)ref:673

Service History


Fitted out of Brest, bound to some Part of the West Indies with a Packets

23.1.1747Taken by Surprise (24) into the Bay of BiscayBG

Notes on Ship


Extract of a letter from Captain Webb, Commander of His Majesty's Ship the Surprize, dated the 26th january, 1747, in Plymouth-Sound, to Mr. Corbett.

On the 15th Instant, I, together with His Majesty's Ship Rainbow under my command, whith dispatched from Plymouth. The 22d following, early in the morning, on my entrance into the Bay of Biscay, 2 sail were discovered steering different courses; whereupon I made a  signal for the Rainbow to chace the one, whilst I did the like to the other. At dusk of evening I came up wilh her, and obliged her to strike at the expence of a few shot. She proves to be a ship belonging to the French King, called Le Palme, lately fitted out of Brest, bound to some part of the West Indies with a packet. She carries 75 men, and 12 carriage guns

Date capture ??ref:673

02/02/1748 in the Bay of Biscay .


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