La Perçante

Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1793BWAS-1714
First Commissioned7.1795BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBayonne - Aquitaine BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBonne Citoyenne ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byRaymond-Antoine Haran (1748-?)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
National RateCinquième RangBWAS-1714
Ship TypeCorvette BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Sixth Rate post ship 'Jamaica' (1796) (22)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentFWAS1786
Length of Gundeck113' 4"French Feet (Pied du Roi)36.7107 (120′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Keel104' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)33.7792 (110′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth28' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)9.1147 (29′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold14' 4"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.5743 (15′ 0″ Imperial)


6.1795Broadside Weight = 80 French Livre (86.336 lbs 39.16 kg)EWIKI
Upper Gun Deck20 French 8-Pounder

29.2.1796Broadside Weight = 96 French Livre (103.6032 lbs 46.992 kg)BG
Gun Deck20 French 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 2-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
29.2.1796200 BG

1 Commanding Officer

1796 - 29.2.1796Lieutenant de VaisseauClément Jacques Tourtellot (1757-1822)BG

Service History

29.2.1796Taken by Intrepid (64) off Porto PlataBG

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, April 23, 1796.

Extract of a letter from Rear-Admiral Parker, Commander in Chief ef His Majesty's Ship and Vessels at Jamaica, to Evan Nrpean, Esq; dated Swiftsure, at the Mole, 29th of February, 1796.

I beg leave to acquaint you, for their Lordships Information, that the Honorable Captain Carpenter, of His Majesty's Ship Intrepid, being stationed to cruize off old Cape Francois for the reinforcements expected from Cork, fell in with a French Frigate, which, after 10 hours chace, (the latter part being very light airs of wind) she first anchored, and afterward, by their cutting her  cables, drove on shore, in a cove a little to the Eastward of Porto Plata, when the crew abandoned her, and she was taken possession of and got off, without damage by Captain Carpenter. It appears by the Log-Book that she is called La Percante, commanded by the Citoyen Jacques Clement Tourtellet, Lieutenant de Vaisseau, mounting 20 9-pounders and 6 Brass 2-pounders, and had on board near 200 men, dispatched by Order of the Minister of Marine and Colonies, and failed from Rochellc the 6th of December last, with Orders not to be spoke with, nor to speak with any thing.

Date of Capture ?BG

29/02/1796 in the Letter of Captain

23/04/1796 , date of letter of the Admiralty Office


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