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La Vengeance

Nominal Guns48BWAS-1793
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1793BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardPaimboeuf - Brittany BWAS-1793
Ship ClassVengeance Class (1793)BWAS-1793
Designed by
Pierre de GayFrench
Ship Builder
Service 1758-1819
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
National RateTroisième RangBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentE-WIKI
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 Ship Commander

1800 - 25.8.1800Capitaine de Frégate
A M PitotFrench
Naval Sailor

Service History

1793Ordered as the Bonne Foi but renamed before launchBWAS-1793
8.8.1796Mermaid vs Vengeance
Raison (24) 1795-1802
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
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) 1798-1803
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
in the Mona Passage


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Posted by Cy on Saturday 18th of March 2023 10:01

Hi Mark

Armament changed over time, neither of the included armament lists are for 1799.
Please let me have details of the verifiable source(s) for your list and I will happily update the record to include it.


Posted by Mark Campbell on Saturday 18th of March 2023 00:58

This armament data is incorrect. When captured by the British, Vengeance had 28 x 18pdr long guns on her GD, 16 x 12pdr long guns on her QD and FC, and also 8 x 36pdr French Obusiers (*NOT* carronades!). You should change her gunnery data to the above for Vengeance for the period 1799+.

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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