La Fleche

Nominal Guns18NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down2.1768NNF-1715
First Commissioned9.1769NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
Designed by Louis-Hillarion ChapelleBWAS-1793
Ship TypeCorvette NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
BecomesBritish sloop 'Fleche' (1794) (14)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck108'French Feet (Pied du Roi)35.1055 (115′ 2″ Imperial)
Breadth27' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.7928 (28′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold13' 8"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.2946 (14′ 1″ Imperial)


9.1769Broadside Weight = 54 French Livre (58.2768 lbs 26.433 kg)NNF-1715
Gun Deck18 French 6-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 42 French Livre (45.3264 lbs 20.559 kg)NNF-1715
Gun Deck14 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
9.17691366 officers, 130 menNNF-1715

2 Petty Officers

10.1782 - 4.1783Garde de la Marine François Henri Eugène Augier (1764-1834)00210.1789 - 12.1789Élève de Première Classe François Henri Eugène Augier (1764-1834)002

Service History


At Cherbour , during the visit of King Louis XVI


Armed at Smyrne



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Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 11th of October 2019 05:40

April 1790 French Fleche 18 corvette major de vaisseau chevalier de Lestang-Parade, she sailed on a mission to Saloniki, and then to Largentière. She then returned to Toulon via Paros.
Between 12 May and June 1792 French Fleche 18 corvette lieutenant de vaisseau Blanquet Du Chayla, sailed from Tunis southward via Cerigo and Largentière.

Posted by Tim oakley on Thursday 19th of July 2012 18:48

21 May 1794 Ad Hood’s forces take the surrender of Bastia, Corsica, and Fleche 14 brig sloop taken and added

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