La Surveillante

Nominal Guns32NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down8.1777NNF-1774
First Commissioned5.1778NNF-1774
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1774
ShipyardLorient - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassIphigenie ClassNNF-1774
Designed by Leon-Michel Guignance (1731-1805)NNF-1774
Constructor Gilles CambryNNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1774
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1774
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1774
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1774


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck136' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.1728 (144′ 11″ Imperial)
Length of Keel120' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.976 (127′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth34' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.0838 (36′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5448 (18′ 2″ Imperial)
Laden Draught Aft16' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.1968 (17′ 0″ Imperial)
Laden Draught Forward15' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.872 (15′ 11″ Imperial)


5.1778Broadside Weight = 174 French Livre (187.7808 lbs 85.173 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 210 French Livre (226.632 lbs 102.795 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle2 French 36-Pounder Obusier
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1777288Design Complement

Service History

24.6.1778Took the Cutter Folkestone (6) in the Channel
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
19.4.1779Took the Galley Spitfire (8) off the US Coast
6.10.1779Quebec vs Surveillante
20.6.1780Action off Monti Christi
6.6.1781Ulysses vs Surveillante
1.1797Wrecked in Bantry Bay during a stormNNF-1774

Notes on Ship

Wreck of the Surveillant
Click to view a PDF file on the wreck site


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Posted by Timothy Oakley on Saturday 26th of December 2020 08:34

1790 French Surveillante32 Captain Sarcé
1793 French Surveillante32 Captain Tréhouart-Beaulieu

Posted by Timothy Oakley on Saturday 26th of December 2020 08:13

After the Siege of Yorktown, French Surveillante32 captain Jean-Marie de Villeneuve Cillart sailed with Gontaut de Lauzun to France with news of the victory. Arriving at Brest on 15 November 1782

Posted by Timothy Oakley on Saturday 26th of December 2020 08:03

Sept 1782 French Surveillante32 and Ariel captured the merchant vessel Grand Duc off the coast of Spain. The French navy briefly took her into service before decommissioning, striking off and selling her for £t 72,489 at Brest in 1783.

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