La Dorade

Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortBordeaux - Gascony BG
Ship TypeUnknownBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen160French Tonneaux157.619 


1795Broadside Weight = 2.5 French Livre (2.698 lbs 1.224 kg)ref:692
Gun Deck10 French Swivel
Gun Deck14 French Canons de Fonte


1795 - 1796 Ferrandref:692

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1795130 ref:692
15.12.179793 BG
21.12.179719British Seamen drowned when founderedBG

3 Ship Commanders

1795 - 1796Capitaine de Corsaire Bernard Benqueyref:6921796Capitaine de Corsaire Michel Martin (1751-1812)ref:6921797 - 15.12.1797Capitaine de Corsaire, not sure , on the ligne 95-96 for capture in 11/17 Bernard Benqueyref:692

Service History


Took under Captain Benquey the ships "Juliana" , "Nany" , "Seigneur Jésus" , "Patagon" and "Judith"


Took 5 shups under Captain Martin

15.12.1797Taken by Clyde (38) in the ChannelBG

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, December 23; 1797.

Copy of a letter from Captain Cunningham, of His Majesty's Ship Clyde, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated Cawfand Bay, the 15st of December, 1797.

SIR, I beg you will please to acquaint the Lords Comssioners of the Admiralty, that on the 15th Instant,. in.Lat. 44 deg. 40 min. Long. 4 deg. I fell in with and captured La Dorade, a Ship Privateer from Bordeaux, Copper sheathed; pierced for 18 guns, having 12 guns and 93 men on board. She had been out 50 days, cruizing off the Azores and Madeira, without having made any capture, and was returning to her Port.
 I have the honor to be, &c.



Copy of a Letter from Captain Cunningham, of His Majejly's Ship Clyde, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated in Cawfand Bay  the 21th Instant.

SIR, this with the peculiar concern I relate the unhappy catastrophe of La Dorade, captured by His Majesty's Ship under my Command. Having put her under the care of a young Man, who had been Master of the Clyde more than 12 months, and of whose abilities I feel myself confident, I cannot but regret that, probably from an emulation of exhibiting the capabilities of the prize, and his own conduct in an advantageous point of view, he was induced to carry too great a press of sail upon her; the melancholy consequence of which was that he upset, and himself, with a midshipman and 17 seamen, were drowned.
I have the Honor to be, &c.



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