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Le Compas

Nominal Guns16NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down9.1774NNF-1774
First Commissioned5.1776NNF-1774
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1774
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1774
Jean-Joseph GinouxFrench
Ship Builder
Service 1751-1752
Ship TypeGabarreNNF-1774


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck117' 3"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.0064 (124′ 8″ Imperial)
Length of Keel106' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)34.4288 (112′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth26' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.4448 (27′ 8″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold10' 10"French Feet (Pied du Roi)3.248 (10′ 7″ Imperial)


5.1776Broadside Weight = 54 French Livre (58.2768 lbs 26.433 kg)NNF-1774
Gun Deck18 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1776100 NNF-1774

Service History

8.1779Taken by
Boreas (28) 1774-1802
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate


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Posted by Steve lockhart on Saturday 15th of May 2021 16:16

On 30th August 1779 the HMS Boreas took , after a smart engagement of 20 minutes in which she had 4 killed and 9 wounded a French flûte called Le Compas of 20 guns and 140 men from Martinique laden with sugar. Source : Naval and Mititary memoirs of Great Britain from 1727 to 1783

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