La Cruelle

Nominal Guns4NNF-1792
NationalityRépublique française
OperatorState Navy
First Commissioned8.1793
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1792
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany BWAS-1714
Ship ClassVesuve Class
Designed by Le MarchandBWAS-1714
Constructor Le MarchandBWAS-1714
Ship TypeGunboat
BecomesBritish cutter 'Cruelle' (1800) (8)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1792
Length of Gundeck70' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)22.736 (74′ 7″ Imperial)
Length of Keel60' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)19.488 (63′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth20' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.496 (21′ 3″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold7' 8"French Feet (Pied du Roi)2.4901 (8′ 2″ Imperial)


1800Broadside Weight = 48.5 French Livre (52.3412 lbs 23.7408 kg)NNF-1792
Gun Deck4 French 24-Pounder
Gun Deck2 Pierrier

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
179384Design Complement
1.6.180043 TRN5

1 Commanding Officer

1800 - 1.6.1800Enseigne de VaisseauFrancis Xavier JeardTRN5

Service History

1.6.1800Taken by Mermaid (32) off Toulon


NNF-1792Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1792 à 1799Alain DemerliacBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 11th of May 2016 05:23

1/6/1800 South of Les Hières Mermaid32 Captain Robert Dudley Oliver captured Cruelle, which was eight hours out of Toulon. Cruelle6 command of Ensigne de vaisseau Francis Xavier Jeard and crew of 43, four guns thrown overboard during the chase. Bomb vessel but had left her mortar at Toulon. She was carrying supplies for Malta when Mermaid intercepted her

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 28th of September 2012 22:41

taken off Toulon

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 28th of August 2012 21:22

Colledge has Cruelle as a cutter taken off Toulon by Mermaid 32 cap Oliver

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