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Le Dragon

24915
Nominal Guns16NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Previously
British Privateer brig 'Dragon' (1778) (14) 1778-1781
British 14 Gun
Privateer Brig
Captured12.8.1781NNF-1774
First Commissioned9.1781NNF-1774
ShipyardUnknownHLP
CategoryUnratedNNF-1774
Ship TypeBrig
Sailing RigBrig
Burnt to avoid capture1.1783NNF-1774

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHLP
Burthen112Tons BM 

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
12.17811015 Officers, 96 CrewmenNNF-1774

 

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Posted by Thierry Spahi on Saturday 19th of November 2022 07:25

The fate of the Guernsey Privateer Dragon (later French Corvette "le Dragon) is the main subject of a historical research work, published in October 6, 2022:
Dr. Florence Prudhomme & Dr. Thierry Moné
"Un Dragon au service du Roi, les destinées maritimes du chevalier de L'Espine from 1778 to 1793", CNRS Editions, 2022.


Posted by Alfred Van Daele on Tuesday 15th of February 2022 19:46

Important update: an important confusion exists between the fates of three different privateers named "Dragon": the first one , a 200 ton Guernsey privateer built Teignmouth 1779, was taken on 15.9.1781 by the French Frigate Friponne and brought to Le Croisic, France where she became the French Sloop-of-War Dragon of chevalier de l'Espine, scuttled off Monte Christi, Haïti in January 1783. The second one, a small 70 ton Dragon Liverpool privateer was taken by the French frigate Amphitrite on 15.8.1781 and sold in Brest. The third one is the American Beverly built Dragon, ex-Washington brigantine, another Liverpool privateer whose fate is not known. She has long been believed to be the one taken by the Friponne !!


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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