L'Impromptu

20729
Nominal GunsLightly ArmedBWAS-1714
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
PreviouslyBritish Merchant 'Ann of Dartmouth' (1797)
Captured1.1797BG
Home PortCherbourg - Normandy ref:692
ShipyardUnknownBG
CategoryPrivateerBWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714
Captured7.3.1797BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen31French Tonneaux60.698 

Armament


1797Broadside Weight = 0.5 French Livre (0.5396 lbs 0.2448 kg)ref:692
Gun Deck2 French Swivel

7.3.1797Broadside Weight = 1 French Livre (1.0792 lbs 0.4896 kg)BG
Gun Deck4 French Swivel

Owners


DatesOwnerSource
1797/01 - 1797/03/07 Couey Dulongprey Principal Managing Ownerref:692

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
179724 ref:692
7.3.179731 BG

1 Commanding Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1.1797 - 7.3.1797Corsaire CaptainHenri Nicolas Lecuyerref:692

Service History


DateEventSource
6.3.1797Sailed from Cherbourg BG
7.3.1797Taken by Nimble (10) off St Alban's HeadBG


Notes on Ship


Ownerref:692

Couey Dulongprey of Cherbourg


CaptureBG

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.
H. FESTING.

 



 

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