Le Bonheur

Nominal Guns2BWAS-1714
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
PreviouslyBritish Merchant 'Mary of Dartmouth' (1797)
ShipyardFrance - Europe BG
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen18French Tonneaux19.8248 


7.3.1797Broadside Weight = 3.5 French Livre (3.7772 lbs 1.7133 kg)BG
Gun Deck2 French 3-Pounder
Gun Deck2 French Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.3.179724 BG

1 Commanding Officer

1797 - 7.3.1797Corsaire CaptainM. BurnelBG

Service History

7.3.1797Taken by Telemachus (14) off St Alban's Head
7.3.1797Taken by Nimble (10) off St Alban's HeadBG

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, March 11 , 1797.

Copy of a letter from Lieutenant Henry Festing, commanding His Majesty's Cutter the Nimble, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated Yarmouth Road, Isle of Wight, March 8 ,1797.
SIR, I have pleased to inform my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that I sailed from Dartmouth the 6th Instant with the Convoy for the Downes. Yesterday scorning, about 7 o'Clock, off St Aldan's Head, I captured a French Privateer Cutter, called L'Impromnptu, Citizen L'Eccuyer, Commander, with 4 swivels, plenty of small arms, cutlasses , &c and 31 men ; sailed from Cherbourg this preceding night, but had taken nothing. She has the Ann of Dartmouth on her stern, her original name, and was taken away from Brixham 6 weeks ago by some French Prisonners.
Discovering another suspicious Cutter in chace of a Sloop, I immediately hauled after her, and made the signal for my Convoy (as the Weather seemed variable, and little Wind to the Southward) to run in through the Needles. About 4 P.M. came up with the chace ; she is named Le Bonheur, Citizen Burnel , Commander, with 2 3-pounders; 2 swivels, small arms, cutlasses and 24 men. The cutlasses in both vessels were ground as sharp as razors She has the Mary of Dartmouth on her stern, but French built, sailed in company with the other, and had taken nothing. I immediately took her in tow, and shall proceed to Spithead to get rid of the prisoners.
I have the Honor to be, &c. &zc. &c.



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