Nominal Guns6NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down10.1787NNF-1774
First Commissioned3.1788
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1774
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassExpédition Class
Designed byPierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)NNF-1774
ConstructorBenjamin DuboisNNF-1774
Ship TypeBrig-Aviso
BecomesFrench Privateer brig-aviso 'L'Epervier' (1797) (16)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck83' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)26.9584 (88′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Keel71' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)23.0608 (75′ 7″ Imperial)
Breadth26' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.4448 (27′ 8″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold13' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.2224 (13′ 10″ Imperial)


23.2.1788Broadside Weight = 12 French Livre (12.9504 lbs 5.874 kg)NNF-1774
Gun Deck6 French 4-Pounder

1792Broadside Weight = 44 French Livre (47.4848 lbs 21.538 kg)NNF-1774
Gun Deck4 French 12-Pound Obusier
Gun Deck10 French 4-Pounder

1793Broadside Weight = 56 French Livre (60.4352 lbs 27.412 kg)NNF-1774
Gun Deck4 French 12-Pound Obusier
Gun Deck16 French 4-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 40 French Livre (43.168 lbs 19.58 kg)NNF-1774
Gun Deck18 French 4-Pounder
Gun Deck4 French 2-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
178782Design Complement
1792125 NNF-1774
1794130 NNF-1774

Service History

1792Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Brig
1793Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Brig
1794Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Brig


NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook

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