Brune (32)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built by Jean-Joseph Ginoux at Le Havre from September 1754 and first commissioned in March 1756.

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

  • in the French service
    • no information found
  • in the British service
    • in 1762: Captain Tobyn

The frigate was captured by the British Navy on January 30 1761 and incorporated into the British Royal Navy under the name of HMS Brune.

The frigate was sold in 1792.

Service during the War

In the French service

In On January 30 1761, the frigate encountered the British frigates Juno (32) and Venus (36). The Venus was the first to engage the Brune and the combat was almost finished when the Juno finally joined the fight. The Brune surrendered after losing 60 men.

In the British service

On 23 October 1762, the frigate engaged and captured the French Oiseau (26) off Cartagena. In this engagement, the French lost 49 men out of 240. The Brune lost men killed and 14 wounded including her captain.


Technical specifications
Guns 32
Gundeck 26 x 8-pdr
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 6 x 4-pdr
Crew 9 officers, 253 men
Length at gundeck 41.25 m
Width 10.39 m
Depth 5.20 m
Displacement 480 metric tons


Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks

Deschênes, Ronald, Frégates du Roi de 1682 à 1767

Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy

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