Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Aréthuse' (1757) (32)
First Commissioned4.9.1759BWAS-1714
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-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 Commanding Officers

4.9.1759 - 19.2.1763CaptainThe Hon. Raby Vane (1736-1769) ADM 6/19/92BWAS-17149.1.1771 - 23.3.1771CaptainGeorge Watson (c.1729-1774) ADM 6/20/332ADM 6/2023.3.1771 - 25.5.1771CaptainJohn Macbride (c.1735-1800) ADM 6/20/361ADM 6/2025.5.1771 - 29.11.1773CaptainAndrew Snape Hamond (1738-1828) ADM 6/20/378BWAS-171420.6.1775 - 26.12.1776CaptainDigby Dent (1739-1817) ADM 6/21/98BWAS-171426.12.1776 - 23.7.1779CaptainSamuel Marshall (1741-1795) ADM 6/21/245BWAS-171413.5.1778 - 19.3.1779CaptainCharles Holmes EverittBWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

25.3.1771 - 29.8.1771First LieutenantHarry Harmood (1739-1809) ADM 6/20/361ADM 6/207.12.1778 - 19.3.1779First LieutenantPhilip D'Auvergne (1754-1816) ADM 6/21/484ref:616

1 Petty Officer

2.1779 - 19.3.1779MidshipmanHugh Downman (1765-1858)WWNH

2 Crewmen

1770Captain's ServantAndrew Snape Douglas (1761-1797)ref:61614.8.1778 - 19.3.1779Able SeamanHugh Downman (1765-1858)WWNH

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) off Lowestoffe and also retook the Swallow Brigantine , his prizeBG
14.2.1761Took the Cutter L'Elisabeth (8) and carried in the Downsref:818
6.5.1761Took the Privateer Le Quimper (8)
5.10.1762Took the Udema Perfecta (12)
8.10.1762Took the Privateer L'Amitié (18)
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
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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