La Caroline

Nominal Guns18ref:743
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
Keel Laid Down1797ref:743
Home PortNantes - Brittany ref:743
Ship TypeUnknownBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish sloop 'Fleche' (1798) (18)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck92' 0 ¼"Imperial Feet28.048 
Length of Keel74' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet22.5616 
Breadth26' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet7.9312 
Depth in Hold10' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet3.0671 
Burthen278 1694Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:743
Burthen200French Tonneaux195.8 


31.12.1797Broadside Weight = 64 French Livre (69.0688 lbs 31.328 kg)ref:743
Gun Deck2 French 16-Pounder
Gun Deck16 French 6-Pounder


1797 - 1798/05/31Félix Cottinref:743
1798 - 1798/05/31Patrice Walshref:692

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
179871with Cottin as ownerref:692
31.5.1798105 BG

1 Commanding Officer

31.12.1797 - 31.5.1798Corsaire CaptainGuillaume Bertaultref:743

1 Commissioned Officer

31.12.1797 - 31.5.1798Capitaine en secondJean François Baronref:743

1 Crewman

31.12.1797 - 31.5.1798Volontaire de la MarineLéonard Placvent (1762-?)ref:743

Service History


Took 2 prizes "Union" and "Patty" for a product of 4888 Francs : owner Walsh


Depart from


Took the ship "Henry" of Liverpool : retaken with his captor

31.5.1798Taken by Phoenix (36) in Lat. 49 Deg. 02 Min. N. Long. 15 Deg. 38 Min. W.BG

Notes on Ship

Decription and ArmamentsBG

Admiralty Office, June 30, 1798.
Extract of a letter from Captain Halsted, of His Majety's Ship Phoenix, to Evan Nepean, Esq.
dated at Plymouth, the 5th Instant.
I have the honour of acquainting you, for their Lordships Information, that His Majesty's Ship, under my command, arrived here this morning, in company with the Caroline French Privateer, and the Henry of Liverpool, her prise. The above ships were captured by the Phoenix on the 31st Ult. in Lat. 49 Deg. 02 Min. N. Long. 15 Deg. 38 Min. W.

The Caroline is a very handsome ship, coppered, only 8 months old, and sails exceedingly fast. She is pierced for 20 guns, carrying 12 and 6-pounders , most of which were thrown overboard in chace, and 105 Men, sail been 10 days from Nantes, without making any other capture than the Henry and a Danish Ship.
The Henry is a valuable Ship, bound to Jamaica,and was captured by the above privateer, on the 3d ult on which day we also sent in an american ship, which had been taken some days before. This privateer is one of those I went in search of the 28th Ult. agreeably to intelligence I received from the Success Transport, and by vvhich ship. I had the Honour of acquainting you for their Lordships' information, by letter of that day's date.


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