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Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
French Privateer corvette 'L'Escorte' (1756) (14) 1756-1757
French 14 Gun
Privateer Corvette
First Commissioned13.6.1757BWAS-1714
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck84' 6"Imperial Feet25.6413 
Length of Keel69' 3 ⅞"Imperial Feet21.0534 
Breadth24' 8 ½"Imperial Feet7.3279 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen225 1194Tons BM 
Oar banks5  
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen180French Tonneaux177.199 


6.1757Broadside Weight = 44.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.181 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck10 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1757100 BWAS-1714
7.1.1761110 BWAS-1714

6 Ship Commanders

13.6.1757 - 16.6.1757Commander
Maximilian JacobsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1780
Transfered ADM 6/18/409
ADM 6/18
17.6.1757 - 12.6.1759Commander
Charles InglisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1790
Transfered ADM 6/18/412
21.11.1760 - 10.5.1762Commander
Charles EllysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1774
ADM 6/19/210
14.5.1762 - 8.3.1763Commander
John BagsterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1763
ADM 6/19/409
20.8.1763 - 14.8.1767Commander
Thomas FoleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1767
ADM 6/19/428
26.5.1768 - 1768Commander
Archibald StuartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1761-1768
ADM 6/20/204
ADM 6/20

Service History

17.5.1757Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £2000.0.0dBWAS-1714
18.5.1757Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
26.7.1757Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1446.15.6dBWAS-1714
25.5.1758Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
9.1760Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
1.1761Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2475.9.4dBWAS-1714
29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle

Paid off

7.1763Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
10.1763Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2322.13.9dBWAS-1714
5.11.1763Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

6.12.1768Sold at Woolwich for £130BWAS-1714


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Posted by Anne Douglas on Thursday 3rd of June 2021 16:50

From the lieutenant's journals for the period June 1757 to August 1758, I read that the HMS Escorte only travelled as far as La Rochelle (not the Mediterranean) where it participated in the attempted destruction of a fort. The Raid on Rochefort (or Descent on Rochefort) was a British amphibious attempt to capture the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in September 1757 during the Seven Years' War. The raid pioneered a new tactic of "descents" on the French coast, championed by William Pitt who had taken office a few months earlier. The resulting skirmish with French frigates forced the British to retreat but it did succeed in creating the distraction which William Pitt wanted. - the Escorte and several other ships were damaged and returned to Portsmouth for repair and then anchored at Plymouth until returning to Greenwich in summer 1758.

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