Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fourth Rate frégate-vaisseau de 1er ordre 'L'Arc en Ciel' (1745) (50)
First Commissioned2.2.1757BWAS-1714
ShipyardBayonne - Aquitaine NNF-1715
Constructor Pierre MorineauNNF-1715
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck146' 0"Imperial Feet44.5008 
Length of Keel119' 3"Imperial Feet36.2752 
Breadth41' 2 ½"Imperial Feet12.5095 
Depth in Hold18' 4"Imperial Feet5.4991 
Burthen1,077 1294Tons BM 


1756Broadside Weight = 414 Imperial Pound ( 187.749 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1757350 BWAS-1714

2 Commanding Officers

2.2.1757 - 13.5.1758Captain John Rous (d.1760) ADM 6/18/350BWAS-171413.5.1758 - 7.5.1759Captain Henry Martin (1733-1794) ADM 6/19/44
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), North America
Commission confirmed 14.3.1759

Service History

20.2.1758Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £5330.4.8dBWAS-1714
7.5.1759Paid offADM 51
7.1759Surveyed and found to need repairs estimated at £13,812BWAS-1714

The Chatham Dockyard Officers have sent a report of the condition of the Arc-en-Ciel which appears to be bad and she cannot be made fit for service in the Channel without great expense. Opine she should be sold

6.9.1759Sold at Chatham for £606BWAS-1714


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