Le Machault

Nominal Guns14ref:692
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortDunkerque - Flanders ref:692
Ship TypeUnknownref:692


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen220French Tonneaux216.359 


1757Broadside Weight = 1 French Livre (1.0792 lbs 0.4896 kg)ref:692
Gun Deck4 French Swivel
Gun Deck14 French Canons de Fonte

1.1.1758Broadside Weight = 63 French Livre (67.9896 lbs 30.8385 kg)BG
Gun Deck14 French 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1757184 ref:692
1.1.1758182 BG

3 Commanding Officers

1757Corsaire CaptainMathieu Jean Dumont Pèreref:6921757Corsaire CaptainJean Antoine Faillantref:6921757 - 1.1.1758Corsaire CaptainJ.J. Verhulstref:692

Service History


Took under Captain Dumont 5 prizes : "Marthe et Julie" , ...

1.1.1758Taken by Adventure (18) BG

Notes on Ship

Captain and Homeportref:692

Under Captain Dumont , homeport Dunkirk

Under Captain Faillant , homeport Calais


Number of swivels : 4 or 14 ??


Admiralty Office, January 7.

Extract of a letter from Capt. Bray, Commander of His Majesty's Armed Vessel the Adventure, to Admiral Smith, dated in Dungeness Road, the 2d of January 1758.

Being at an anchor here, yesterday afternoon, about 1 o'Clock, saw a snow reach in for the Nefs: At first took her for a Man of War : However we cleared ship, and veered away to the splice on the windlass. About 2 cut the Splice, and made sail large, a few minutes after began to fire at each other, when judging he intended to rake us, I ordered the helm to be put hard a port, which had the desired effect of laying her athwart hawse, her bowsprit coming in between our main and mizen masts. We immediately passed the end of the mizen-top-sail sheet through his bobstay, and made it fast , but fearing to lose so good an opportunity, arid that they would get clear of us, got a hawser, and passed it 3 times round her bowsprit, and the capston on our quarter-deck, so that the action depended chiefly on the small arms, which was very smart about 1 hour. She then struck her colours, but upon our boarding her, began to fire again, which was soon si-lenqed. She proves to be the Machault Privateer of Dunkirk, 14 9-pounders and 182 men, Jean Jacques Verhulst, Commander, and came from thence the fame morning. I cannot exactly say but from the best information lean as yet get, we have killed and wounded 40 men, with the loss of only 1 killed, and 2 wounded, on our side. It appears by a Letter from Admiral Smith, that Captain Bray and the Pilot were the Persons who passed the Hawser round the Privateer's bowsprit, and secured it to the capston on the Adventure's Quarter Deck.


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