La Calypso

Nominal Guns16NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down6.1756NNF-1715
First Commissioned11.1756NNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Ship ClassCalypso ClassNNF-1715
Ship TypeCorvette NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Deleted from list1772NNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck100' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)32.48 (106′ 6″ Imperial)
Breadth25' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.12 (26′ 7″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold12' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)3.9788 (13′ 0″ Imperial)


11.1756Broadside Weight = 32 French Livre (34.5344 lbs 15.664 kg)NNF-1715
Gun Deck16 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.17561555 officers, 150 menNNF-1715

1 Ship Commander

1759Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paul Alexandre du Bois-Berthelot (1741-1812)FWIKI

Service History

20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
8.1763Re-rigged as a 3-masted XebecNNF-1715


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 16th of November 2020 16:16

Copy of the letter from Monsieur d'Oisy commanding the Calypso Brest, November 15, 1762
I got under way from the roadstead of the Cap July 15 with the Diadème and the Brillant in consequence of the order that I received from Monsieur de Blénac. This sortie as its objective the departure of some merchant ships, which we escorted.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 23rd of January 2017 18:31

unsure if this is the correct vessel
4 April 1762 French Calype26 cap Duchilleau with dispatches from R-Ad de Blénac Courbon arrives in Havana in an attempt to enlist Spanish help in a French operation against Jamaica which were not supported by the Spanish

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