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L'Apollon

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Nominal Guns56NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down8.1738NNF-1715
Launched1740NNF-1715
First Commissioned1741NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis NNF-1715
Constructor
Pierre MorineauFrench
Designer
Ship Builder
NNF-1715
CategoryFourth RateNNF-1715
National RateSecond RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeFrigate (Frégate-Vaisseau de 1er Ordre)ref:690
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Sunk as Blockship17.7.1758NNF-1715

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck132' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)42.8787 (140′ 8″ Imperial)
Length of Keel118'French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.3384 (125′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth36' 4"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.7108 (38′ 5″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 11"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5255 (18′ 1″ Imperial)
Burthen800Ton 

Armament


1741Broadside Weight = 302 French Livre (325.9184 lbs 147.829 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck22 French 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 French 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 French 4-Pounder

Owners


DatesOwnerSource
1745
Jacques François Begouen de MeauxFrench
Ship Owner
Service 1745-1746
ref:692

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
17413577 officers, 350 menNNF-1715
17581758 officers, 167 menNNF-1715

5 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
1741 - 1742Capitaine de Vaisseau
Jean Baptiste de Mac Nemara (Baron du Mung)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1708-1756
ref:673
1743Capitaine de Vaisseau
Jean Baptiste de Mac Nemara (Baron du Mung)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1708-1756
FWIKI
1744Capitaine de Vaisseau
Jean Baptiste de Mac Nemara (Baron du Mung)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1708-1756
ref:673
1745 - 4.1745Capitaine de Corsaire
Chevalier Julien Pépin de Belleisle (Seigneur de Bellisle)French
Naval Sailor
Privateer
Service 1745-1767
FWIKI
4.1745 - 1745Capitaine de Corsaire
Marcel Baudran de la Méttrie French
Privateer
Merchant Sailor
Service 1745
ref:692

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1743Lieutenant de Vaisseau
Chevalier Louis Guillouet (Comte d'Orvilliers)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1719-1779
FWIKI

Service History


DateEventSource
1745

Loan for privateering , homeport at

Nantes
ref:692
28.3.1745Anglesea vs Apollon
28.3.1745Took the Ship
Anglesea (44) 1742-1745
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
DBF
2.9.1747Took the East Indiaman
Anson (28) 1746-1747
British 28 Gun
Merchant East Indiaman
Bombay
EICS
1758

Re-armed en-flute

NNF-1715
6.6.1758The Siege of Louisbourg


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
4.1755-1755Fleet for Quebec 1755 
 

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Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 20th of June 2021 02:41

See my comment on Baudran Méttrie's page. He seems to have commanded Apollon until February 1748. Apollon and her privateering consort, Anglesea (yes, the ex-British ship she had captured in 1745) were then at Port Louis, Île de France (previously and now Mauritius) in the Indian Ocean. Orders came from France for the two chartered navy ships to be turned over to the Compagnie des Indes Orientales (CdIO) and placed under its officers. CdIO capitaine Herbert de la Port-Barré (spelling varies) was assigned to commander her. He commanded _Apollon_ during the successful voyage to take money, soldiers, and weapons to French-occupied (since Octobeer 1746) Madras. Under Jean-Baptiste Bouvet de Lozier, the squadron intimidated Rear-Admiral (promotion from captain unknown so far in India) at Cuddalore on June 10-11/21-22, 1748, delivered the cargo, and got clean away without a fight. They were back at Île de France by July 14/25.
King Louis XV sent Pépin de Belle-Isle a commission as an enseigne de vaisseau in la Marine royale on April 4/15, 1745. He eventually retired from the navy at the rank of chef d'escadre but I don't have any information about promotions through the intervening ranks.

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