Calypso (16)

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Origin and History

The corvette was built at Brest from June 1756. She was first commissioned in November 1756.

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

  • in 1759: Ensign de Bois-Berthelot

In August 1763, the corvette was re-rigged as a 3-masted xebec.

The corvette was stricken off of the Marine Royale in 1772.

Service during the War

In November 1759, in preparation for the planned invasion of England, the corvette set sail for Quiberon Bay with the Brest Fleet. On November 20, she was at 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 corvette along with 3 other frigates and 7 ships of the line, which were near the mouth of the Vilaine, got into the river.

On December 23 1761, the corvette was part of a French squadron of 7 sail of the line and 4 frigates, under the command of M. de Courbon-Blénac, transporting 3,000 troop, who escaped from Brest, owing to Commodore Spry having been driven from his station off that port. Blénac then sailed to relieve the French West India Islands, the British preparing to launch an expedition against Martinique.


Technical specifications
Guns 16
Gundeck 16 x 4-pdrs
Quarterdeck and Forecastle none
Crew 5 officers, 150 men
Length at gundeck 32.48 m
Width 8.12 m
Depth 4.06 m
Displacement circa 400 tons


Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks

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