Le Tavignon

Nominal GunsUnknownBWAS-1714
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortSt Malo - Brittany ref:692
Ship TypeUnknownBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen200French Tonneaux195.8 


5.2.1746/47Broadside Weight UnknownBG
Gun Deck24 French Canons de Fer


1745 - 1748/02/05 Toussaint Bodinierref:692

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1745198 ref:692
1747189 ref:820
5.2.1748120 BG

2 Commanding Officers

1745 - 1746Corsaire CaptainPierre de La Motte Ruault (1696-1785): on board from 1745ref:6921747 - 5.2.1748Corsaire CaptainClaude Dominique Avice (1711-1783)ref:692

Service History


Took 4 prizes under Captain de la Motte Ruault


Part wage of the Admiral of France : 3606 Livres + 23727 Livres Tournois for the cruise of Captain de la Motte Ruault


Took 10 prizes under Captain Avice

5.2.1748Taken by Grand Turk (22) between the Lizard and Scilly and carried into Plymouth .BG

Notes on Ship

Descrition CaptureBG

Admiralty Office, January 31 , 1746

On the 25th Instant, his Majesty's Ship the Grand Turk, commanded by Captain Kerly cruizing between the Lizard and Scilly , fell in with the Tavignon, a privateer of St Malo of 24 guns, and 120 men, and began to engage her about One o'Clock ; the Privateer, after two or three broadsides, was for making off but her rigging and sails being much shattered, and finding he could not get away she struck about Four, and is brought into Plymouth . The privateer had one man killed, and several wounded and the Grand Turk had not a man hurt.

Date Capture ??BG

The London Gazette : 25/01/1746

British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792 : 05/02/1747

Salein : 02/1748


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:692Base de donnés sur les capitaines corsaires , les navires et les armateursJJ SaleinWeb Site
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ref:820Les procès de corsaires de Mr de Chateaubriand Web Site

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Posted by regis on Monday 25th of March 2019 18:17

Only this ship in base de données of Salein

Posted by Ray Dempsey on Wednesday 20th of March 2019 14:19

In 1760, the British Governor of Newfoundland reported seizing the Tavignon in Noddy Bay, Newfoundland. It had 3,600 quintals of cod. The Governor reported it as a privateer, but I suspect that it was a codfishing ship with some cannon-power. Do you know if there was another privateer called the Tavigon, besides the one that was seized in 1746/47?

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