Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down28.8.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned20.10.1757BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassVenus ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Thomas BucknallBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Merchant merchantman 'Brilliant' (1776)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck128' 4"Imperial Yard117.0432 (384′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel106' 2 ⅝"Imperial Yard96.9264 (318′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth35' 8"Imperial Yard32.004 (105′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold12' 4"Imperial Yard10.9728 (36′ 0″ Imperial)
Burthen718 3894Tons BM 


27.10.1757Broadside Weight = 189 Imperial Pound ( 85.7118 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
13.7.1756240Design Complement

2 Commanding Officers

20.10.1757 - 15.11.1759Captain Hyde Parker (1713/14-1783) ADM 6/18/447BWAS-171415.11.1759 - 19.3.1763Captain James Logie (c.1714-1779) ADM 6/19/112BWAS-1714

Service History

27.10.1757building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £13642.11.3dBWAS-1714
4.12.1757Took the Frigate Le Dragon (24)
1758Sank the Bayonne Privateer L'Intrépide (14) BWAS-1714
1758Took the Privateer La Nymphe (20) BG
1758Took the Privateer Le Vengeur (12) BG
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
17.4.1759Took the Privateer Le Basque (22) in the Latitude of 46. 00. about 200 leagues to the Westward of Cape ClearBG
3.7.1759Bombardment of Le Havre
28.2.1760Action of February 28 1760
28.2.1760Took the Frigate La Blonde (30) off the Isle of Man
28.2.1760Took the Frigate La Terpsichore (28) off the Isle of Man
1761Took the Privateer Le Mignonne (8)
13.6.1761Action of 13th June 1761
13.8.1761Bellona vs Le Courageux
7.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Malouin (6) and carried in Plymouth with his prize retaken "Elizabeth and Anna"of London, William Gowland, Master, from Maryland .BG
10.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Curieux (6) and carried in PlymouthBG
1763Took the Privateer L'Espérance (6)

Paid off

ADM 51





Sold at Deptford for £800



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Posted by Robert Boon on Saturday 11th of February 2017 15:13

Admiralty Office, April 8.
Captain Parker, of His Majesty's Ship the Brilliant is arrived at Plymouth, and has brought in with him two Ships he took in his late Cruize, one called La Nymphe of Grandvill, commanded by Jacques de la Forterie, and has 20 six Pounder Guns and 160 Men; the other La Vengeur of Dunkirk, commanded by Gaspard Lyon, mounts 22 six Pounder Guns and had 90 Men.

London Gazette Publication date: 4 April 1758 Issue: 9780 Page:2

Gaspard Lyon already has an entry as Gaspard Lion

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