La Vierge Marie

Nominal Guns12ref:692
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortSt Malo - Brittany ref:692
Ship TypeUnknown
Last known1712ref:692


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen60French Tonneaux58.74 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
171258 ref:692


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Posted by Guy Charpentier on Sunday 7th of June 2020 12:35

I have found official documents on my ancestor, Pierre Dufour des Gastines, at the departmental archives in Rennes (Saint-Malo admiralty records) and in Brest (Registry of the Quartier de Saint-Malo and corsair crew rolls), at the Service historique de la Défense. I have notified Mr. Salein that the documents found show that in 1712, Dufour was captain only of the Vierge de Grâce, a corvette, and not of of the Vierge Marie. Dufour was wounded during confrontations at sea in August 1712 and had to relinquish command of the Vierge de Grâce in Cancale to "Mister Crafort". On 12 November 1712, Richard Crafford asked for and obtained a commission the Admiralty of Saint-Malo to go "against the ennemies of the State" on the Vierge Marie, a frigate of 60 tonneaux and 12 cannons. He had duly deposited on 10 November the list of the 58 crewmen enrolled. On November 11, Crafford had obtained his commission as captain. George Kennedy made the mandatory deposit of 15 000 pounds. I have photos of the documents I am referring to.

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