Aigrette (32)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built by Jean-Joseph Ginoux at Le Havre from September 1755 and launched in March 1756. She was ready for service in July 1756.

During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:

  • in 1759: Captain de Longueville

The frigate was stricken off of the fleet in 1788 and broken up at Brest in October 1789.

Service during the War

In November 1759, in preparation for the planned invasion of England, the frigate set sail for Quiberon Bay with the Brest Fleet. On November 20, she took part in the battle of Quiberon. After the defeat, on November 21 and 22, by taking advantage of the flood tide and of what wind there was under the land, the frigate along with 3 other frigates and 7 ships of the line, which were near the mouth of the Vilaine, got into the river.

On January 10 1761, the frigate engaged the Seahorse (24).

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 32
Gundeck 26 x 8-pdr
Quarterdeck none specified
Forecastle 6 x 4-pdr
Crew 9 officers, 253 men
Length 40.3 m
Width 10.3 m
Depth 5.3 m
Displacement 480 to 540 metric tons

References

Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks – French 5th Rates

French Wikipedia Aigrette (1756)

N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.