Le Prince Noir

25041
Black Prince
Nominal Guns16ref:692
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorPrivate Owners
PreviouslyBritish Merchant 'Le Friendship' (1778) (16)
Acquired6.1779ref:692
Home PortDunkerque - Flanders ref:692
Shipyard 
CategoryPrivateerref:692
Ship TypeUnknown
Captured3.1781ref:692

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen120French Tonneaux118.459 

Armament


6.1779Broadside Weight = 48 French Livre (51.8016 lbs 23.496 kg)ref:683
Gun Deck16 French 6-Pounder

1781Broadside Weight Unknownref:692
Gun Deck16 French Canons de Fonte

Owners


DatesOwnerSource
1779 Charles Montantref:692
1779/06 - 1779/09 Jean François Torris (1748-1787) Principal Managing Ownerref:692

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.177970as smugler shipref:692

4 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
6.1779 - 1779Capitaine de Corsaire Stephen Merchantref:6836.1779 - 9.1779Capitaine en Second Jonathan Arnoldref:6836.1779 - 9.1779Capitaine en Second Luke Ryan (1750-1789)ref:6831781 - 3.1781Capitaine de Corsaire William Ripnerref:692

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
6.1779 - 9.1779Lieutenant de Corsaire Patrick Dowling (c.1756-1796)ref:6836.1779 - 9.1779Lieutenant de Corsaire Edward Macatterref:683

Service History


DateEventSource
6.1779

Took 2 prizes under Captain Ryan

ref:692
6.1779

Took under Captain Dowling the ship "Providence"

ref:692
6.1779

Departure from Dunkirk to

Morlaix
ref:683
6.1779Issued with a Letter of Marque as a Privateerref:683
7.1779

From 06/1779 to 07/1779 , declaration of 2 prizes and 12 ransoms at

Morlaix
ref:683
9.1779

After 4 cruizes , on september 1779 , a total of 50 prizes and 31 ransoms

ref:683
3.1781Taken by Lively (14) ref:692


Notes on Ship


Originref:683

An Irish smuggling vessel Friendship. Renamed by her captain, Ryan, on arrival in Dunkirk in 06/1779.

But as owner a French Torris from Dunkerque , Ryan and his cousin Maccater minority share-olders

From 06/1779 to 09/1779 , american letter of marque by Franklin : Us Captain and second Merchant and Arnold

Us Letter of Marque of the Congress , only for americans

French , irish or american as rebel privateer ??



 

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