Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Brune' (1755) (30)
First Commissioned6.7.1761BWAS-1714
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy NNF-1715
Ship ClassBlonde ClassNNF-1715
Designed byJean-Joseph GinouxNNF-1715
ConstructorJean-Joseph Ginoux (1723-1785)NNF-1715
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck131' 2"Imperial Feet39.9304 
Length of Keel108' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet32.9375 
Breadth34' 7 ½"Imperial Feet10.3759 
Depth in Hold10' 7 ½"Imperial Feet3.0607 
Burthen694 8694Tons BM 


7.1761Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

7 Commanding Officers

6.7.1761 - 15.11.1763CaptainGeorge Anthony Tonyn (c.1735-1770) ADM 6/19/327BWAS-171430.12.1775 - 18.9.1778CaptainJames Ferguson (1723-1793) ADM 6/21/146BWAS-171418.9.1778 - 27.9.1778CaptainWilliam Peere Williams (1740/41-1832) ADM 6/21/566
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 9.6.1779
20.10.1779 - 23.5.1780CaptainJohn Symons (c.1732-1799) ADM 6/22/39BWAS-171423.5.1781 - 11.9.1782CaptainFrancis John Hartwell (1757-1831) ADM 6/22/380
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 7.12.1781
11.9.1782 - 16.5.1783CaptainRichard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832) ADM 6/22/514BWAS-17141.1.1790 - 15.6.1792CaptainDavidge Gould (1758-1847) ADM 6/24/15BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

27.6.1762 - 3.8.1762MidshipmanWilliam Richardson (1746-1772)IPC

3 Crewmen

9.2.1762 - 5.6.1762Captain's ServantWilliam Richardson (1746-1772)IPC6.6.1762 - 26.6.1762Ordinary SeamanWilliam Richardson (1746-1772)IPC4.8.1762 - 15.11.1763Able SeamanWilliam Richardson (1746-1772)IPC

Service History

16.2.1761Purchased at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4327.2.7dBWAS-1714
7.5.1761Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
22.6.1761Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
26.11.1761Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
23.10.1762Took the Frigate L'Oiseau (30)

Paid off

ADM 51
11.1770Began large repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
7.1772Completed large repair at Deptford - London at a cost of £12001.17.7dBWAS-1714
12.1775Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1776Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5037.9.1dBWAS-1714
6.5.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island

Paid off

ADM 51
5.1779Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.1779Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £5765.9.4dBWAS-1714
2.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
30.11.1780Took the Privateer Resolution (6)
23.5.1781Sailed with a convoy for North AmericaBWAS-1714
7.1781Took the Corvette Le Renard (18)
3.1782Began large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
11.1782Completed large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £10318.7.3dBWAS-1714

Paid off

10.1789Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4052.0.0dBWAS-1714
14.3.1790Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

2.10.1792Sold at Depford for £1,315BWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Saturday 19th of July 2014 20:43

Admiralty Office - Dec. 2, 1777
Prizes taken by the Brune - 1777 May 28, Fame, brig. Francis Knox Master, B.M. McClenachen owner, from St. Pierre to Philadelphia, taken at sea, sent to St. Augustine; laden with rum, molasses, salt, cordage, bale goods.
June 20, Sally schooner, John Hill master, J. Winthrop jr. owner, from Charles Town to Biboa, taken at sea, sent to St. Augustine, with rice and turpentine.

Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 24th of April 2014 20:42

The Edinburgh Magazine, and Literary Miscellany: pub 1778
A letter from a seaman on board the La Brune, Capt. Ferguson, to his wife in Sunderland, dated in the Delaware, April 15, says - we came hither from Rhode Island with transports, two of which got into the river before us, which the American gun-boats took; but on our coming up the next day to their batteries, they burnt the two transports, kept up a smart fire against us for some time, and at last abandoned their works. We killed and wounded several of them, and knocked down the town around their ears. The poor women and children have suffered greatly, which we are sorry for. This is a large country, and a most stubborn people; they declare they will all die by the sword rather than submit to be taxed by England. Our ship is a 36 gun frigate, was taken from the French in the last war, and has taken since our arrival in the American seas, nearly 70 vessels large and small.

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