La Lunette

Nominal Guns4NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down2.1766NNF-1715
First Commissioned8.1766NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Designed byPierre-Augustin LamotheFWAS1626
ConstructorPierre-Augustin LamotheFWAS1626
Ship TypeCorvette NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck90' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)29.232 (95′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth25' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.12 (26′ 7″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold12' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)3.8976 (12′ 9″ Imperial)


8.1766Broadside Weight = 48 French Livre (51.8016 lbs 23.496 kg)NNF-1715
Gun Deck4 French 24-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.1766855 officers, 80 menNNF-1715

1 Commanding Officer

28.2.1778 - 28.2.1779Lieutenant de Vaisseau Gilbert Pierre Alexandre Chavagnac (Comte de Chavagnac) (1745-1819)ref:1275

Service History

3.1776Refitted as a Unrated Brigantine FWAS1626
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tom Jensen on Thursday 4th of July 2019 23:19

Great, thanks so much Cy

Posted by Cy on Thursday 4th of July 2019 19:58

I checked in Winfield and Roberts, French Warhsips of the Age of Sail and they alos give 4 x 24-pounders on pivoting mounts that could fire both sides.
Lists for 1778 show 4 x 24-pounders, 1782 with 10 x 12-pounders and 1781&1783 again with 4x24-pounders.

So yes, the armament is correct. She appears to have been a one off though.

Posted by Cy on Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 07:50

I will have to check, but when you consider that French corvettes of a similar size usually carry 14 or 16 4-pounders, 4 24-pounders doesn't seem too much of a stretch.
Also consider that the burthen given is not Tons BM (it should probably be Tonneaux), which works out at approximately 270bm (assuming a keel length of 75' which is on the cautious side).

Posted by Tom Jensen on Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 00:55

Is the armament of this ship correct?

24-pdrs seems very heavy for a ship of this size :) should it be 4-pdrs instead?

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