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Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
French Fifth Rate frigate 'La Aréthuse' (1757) (32) 1757-1759
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1758 Renamed "Aréthuse"
First Commissioned4.9.1759BWAS-1714
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck132' 2"Imperial Feet40.2352 
Length of Keel110' 10 ¾"Imperial Feet33.5471 
Breadth34' 5 ½"Imperial Feet10.3759 
Depth in Hold10' 8"Imperial Feet3.2512 
Burthen700 3194Tons BM 


9.1759Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
9.1759220 BWAS-1714

7 Ship Commanders

4.9.1759 - 19.2.1763Captain
The Hon. Raby VaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1757-1768
ADM 6/19/92
9.1.1771 - 23.3.1771Captain
George WatsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1773
Transfered ADM 6/20/332
ADM 6/20
23.3.1771 - 25.5.1771Captain
John MacbrideBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1799
ADM 6/20/361
ADM 6/20
25.5.1771 - 29.11.1773Captain
Andrew Snape HamondBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1794
ADM 6/20/378
20.6.1775 - 26.12.1776Captain
Digby DentBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1758-1788
Transfered ADM 6/21/98
26.12.1776 - 23.7.1779Captain
Samuel MarshallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1787
Transfered ADM 6/21/245
13.5.1778 - 19.3.1779Captain
Charles Holmes EverittBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1766-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

25.3.1771 - 29.8.1771First Lieutenant
Harry HarmoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1809
ADM 6/20/361
ADM 6/20
7.12.1778 - 19.3.1779First Lieutenant
Philip d'AuvergneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1769-1814
ADM 6/21/484

1 Warrant Officer

17.9.1771 - 1772Master
J HolmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1772
ADM 346/2/3
ADM 346

1 Petty Officer

2.1779 - 19.3.1779Midshipman
Hugh DownmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1849

2 Crewmen

1770Captain's Servant
Andrew Snape DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1797
14.8.1778 - 19.3.1779Able Seaman
Hugh DownmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1849

Service History

6.7.1759Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £4656.2.3dBWAS-1714
6.7.1759Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.10.1759Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5171.2.7dBWAS-1714
25.7.1760Took the Cutter
La Revanche (8) 1760-1760
French 8 Gun
Privateer Cutter
off Lowestoffe and also retook the Swallow Brigantine , his prize
14.2.1761Took the Cutter
L'Elisabeth (8) 1759-1761
French 8 Gun
Privateer Cutter
and carried in the Downs
6.5.1761Took the Privateer
Le Quimper (8) 1761-1761
French 8 Gun
Privateer Unknown

5.10.1762Took the Udema
Perfecta (12) 1762-1762
Spanish 12 Gun
Privateer Udema

8.10.1762Took the Privateer
L'Amitié (18) 1762-1762
French 18 Gun
Privateer Unknown

29.2.1763Paid offADM 51
10.1770Began middling repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
8.1771Completed middling repair at Deptford - London at a cost of £8786.16.4dBWAS-1714
8.1771Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
9.1771Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1362.1.11dBWAS-1714
24.10.1771Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
6.1775Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1775Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3040.9.9dBWAS-1714
3.1778Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
4.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £3022.11.1dBWAS-1714
17.6.1778Arethusa vs Belle Poule
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
18.3.1779Aigrette vs Arethusa
19.3.1779Wrecked on Moline Island near UshantBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 1st of May 2014 15:52

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 30 (1760).
Tuesday, July 20, - Capt. Vane in his Majesty's ship Arethusa, took off Lowestosse on the 25th inst. the Revange, a French privateer of 8 carriage guns, and 44 men, and also retook the Swallow brigantine, which had been retaken by the said privateer in her way from Amsterdam to Tenerisse.

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