La Légère

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityRépublique française
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortBayonne - Aquitaine BG
Ship TypeSchooner BG


20.4.1799Broadside Weight = 56 French Livre (60.4352 lbs 27.412 kg)BG
Gun Deck14 French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
20.4.179960 BG

Service History


Depart from

Bayonne - Aquitaine
20.4.1799Taken by Flora (36) on the Lisbon stationBG

Notes on Ship

Description CaptureBG

The Earl of St. Vincent,
Admiral of the Blue.

MY L O R D , Flora, at Sea, April 20,
Having thought it advisable to see the Letter of  Marque I captured on the 16th Instant, to the Southward of the Burlings, this Day, Cape Roxen bearing E . S. E . 1$ or 20 Leagues, I fell in with a Schooner Privateer in the act of boarding a Brig under American Colours, which, after a chace of 14 hours, I have the satisfaction to inform your Lordship, I captured . She proves to be La Legere French Privateer of Bayonne , mounting 14 Guns, 8-Pounders, and 60 men, (4 of her guns ihe hove overboard during the chace,.) commanded by Citizen Malleux, out from Bayonne in Spain 6 days, has captured one Portuguese Brig. I have the greater satisfaction inmaking the above capture, as she is only 6 months off the stocks , is coppered, and sail very well . She intended cruising for a convoy that has sailed from England for this Country , also for the departure of the Brazil Fleet.
I have the Honor to be, &rc. &c. &c.
R. G. M I D D L E T O N ,


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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