Fidèle (24)

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Origin and History

Built by Blaise Geslain in Rochefort in 1748. Launched in 1750.

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

  • in 1755: captain Froger de la Jonquière

The frigate was scuttled in the Louisbourg harbour on June 28 1758.

Service during the War

In 1755, this frigate took part to the expedition to reinforce Canada. She preceded the fleet by a few weeks to announce and prepare troops arrival. She sailed from France on April 10.

On May 17 1756, an indecisive action was fought between the Colchester (50) and Lyme (28), and the French ships Aquilon (42), and Fidèle (24). The French ships were standing in for Rochefort in charge of a convoy, when, quite near the forts, they were sighted by the British and chased. The convoy was ordered to make the best of its way, and the men-of-war gave battle to cover its retreat. The ships paired off, the Colchester engaging the Aquilon, while the frigates fought it out together; but so equal were the forces on both sides, that, when they parted by mutual consent, and with heavy loss, no definite result had been arrived at as the outcome of seven hours' hard pounding.

In the Spring of 1758, the frigate was part of Beaussier's squadron which was left at Louisbourg for the defence of the place by du Chaffault when he sailed for Québec. On June 28, she was scuttled in the Louisbourg harbour.

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 24
1st deck 24 x 8-pdrs
Crew 200
Length 119 feet (36.27 m)
Width 31 feet (9.45 m)
Depth 17,7 feet (5.39 m)
Displacement ???? tons

References

This article contains texts from the following book which is now in the public domain:

  • Clowes, Wm. Laird, The Royal Navy – A History from the Earliest Time to the Present, Vol. III, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London: 1898, p. 291

Other sources

Vial J. L., Nec Pluribus Impar

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