La Vengeance

Nominal Guns48BWAS-1793
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1793BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardPaimboeuf - Brittany BWAS-1793
Ship ClassVengeance ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byPierre Degay (1758-1819)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
National RateTroisième RangBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Vengeance' (1800) (38)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentEWIKI
Length of Gundeck160' 6Imperial Feet48.7705 
Length of Keel134' 9"Imperial Feet40.8499 
Breadth40' 6"Imperial Feet12.3444 
Depth in Hold13' 3,5"Imperial Feet4.0047 
Burthen1,180Tons BM 


1794Broadside Weight = 336 French Livre (362.6112 lbs 164.472 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck28 French 24-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 372 French Livre (401.4624 lbs 182.094 kg)W005
Gun Deck28 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 French 36-Pounder Carronade
Quarterdeck10 French 8-Pounder
Forecastle2 French 36-Pounder Carronade
Forecastle2 French 8-Pounder

1 Commanding Officer

1800 - 25.8.1800Capitaine de FrégateA M PitotB043

Service History

1793Ordered as the Bonne Foi but renamed before launchBWAS-1793
8.8.1796Mermaid vs Vengeance
25.8.1796Chased Raison (24) BWAS-1793
9.4.1799Action of 1799-04-09
1.2.1800Constellation vs Vengeance
20.8.1800Seine vs Vengeance
25.8.1800Captured by Seine
25.8.1800Taken by Seine (36) in the Mona Passage


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Posted by Dan O'Dowd on Wednesday 30th of May 2018 01:56

According to Rif Winfield & Stephen Roberts in French Warships in the Age of Sail, the Vengeance has dimensions:

LD: 150 ft
L of Keel: 132 ft
B: 39 ft
D of hold: 19ft 10in

measured in pieds & pounces.

Guns: 28 x 24pdrs, 20 x 12pdrs [6 Fc, 14 QD]

changed to:

28 x 18 pdrs, 20 x 8 pdrs

Keel laid down: 8/3/1793
Launched: 9/1794

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