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Le Dragon

Nominal Guns16NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
British Privateer brig 'Dragon' (1778) (14) 1778-1781
British 14 Gun
Privateer Brig
First Commissioned9.1781NNF-1774
Ship TypeBrig
Sailing RigBrig
Burnt to avoid capture1.1783NNF-1774


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHLP
Burthen112Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.17811015 Officers, 96 CrewmenNNF-1774


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Posted by Freddy Van Daele on Friday 2nd of April 2021 19:14

It now appears that the Dragon Liverpool privateer taken on 12.8.1781 by the French frigate Amphitrite was NOT the Dragon ex-Washington brigantine from Beverly, Mass. 1776, but a 70-ton, 6 guns, 25 men, 3 masted Liverpool privateer letter-of-Marque 5.01.1781, captain Thomas Gardner!

Posted by Freddy Van Daele on Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 20:28

The French sloop-of-war the Dragon burnt to avoid capture off Monte-Christi January 1, 1783, commander chevalier de l'Espine, was previously a Guernsey privateer cutter/brig called the Dragon, British built, taken 12.9.1781 by the French frigate La Friponne and brought to Le Croisic and NOT the Liverpool privateer brig The Dragon, (formerly the U.S.Washington brigantine built in Beverly, Mass. in 1776), which was taken 12.8.1781 by the French frigate L'Amphitrite and brought to Brest !

Posted by Freddy Van Daele on Thursday 25th of January 2018 17:03

ex-U.S. Washington brig/ Beverly, Mass.1776

Posted by Freddy Van Daele on Tuesday 11th of October 2016 20:55

1782/1783 three masts French Royal Corvette, her commander was Chevalier de l'Espine.

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