Origin and History
The ship was a sixth rate frigate. She was built at Limehouse and launched in 1756.
During the Seven Years' War, the frigate was under the command of:
- 1756: captain William Foster
- on June 5 1758: captain Edward Jekyll
- 1760: captain Archibald Kennedy
- 1763: captain James Reynolds
The frigate was sold in 1772
Service during the War
On September 17 1756, the frigate sailed from Deptford. About 100 leagues (555 km) west of Lisbon, she captured the Maria Theresa, a French ship arriving from the West Indies, mounting 14 guns and carrying 30 men. A little further south, she took a snow from Bordeaux. A little north-east of Madeira, she was chased by two French men of war but managed to escaped them. On December 26 off the coast of Galicia, she captured the Duc de Penthièvre (50), a French East-Indiaman under captain Villeneuve returning from Madagascar. When the Flamborough proceeded to Cadiz where the Spanish authorities pretended that the Duc de Penthièvre had been captured within gun-shot of the coast of Spain. The Flamborough was forced to restitute her prize.
N.B.: the relation in Complete History identifies the frigate as a privateer in 1756. It might be a different frigate from the newly launched one...
At the end of May 1758, the frigate was part of commodore Howe's squadron who, from June 1 to July 1, escorted the amphibious expedition against the French coasts. On June 5 at 2:00 PM, the frigate was part of 4 vessels led by Howe to silence the battery defending the beach in the bay of Cancale and then to clear the beach and to cover the landing. By 4:00 PM, Howe advanced with his 4 vessels against the French battery. Soon after 7:00 PM, the 4 British vessels silenced the battery and cleared the village. From July 31 to September 19 1758, the Flamborough probably took part to the second expedition against the French Coasts.
On April 4 1760, the frigate along with the Biddeford (20) was involved in an action on the Tagus River near Lisbon when 2 French frigates were sighted (Malicieuse (36), Opale (32)). At 5:00 PM, the Flamborough fired several shots at the Malicieuse. By 5:30 PM the 2 French frigates had assembled and attacked the 2 British frigates which were still 5 km apart. At 6:00 PM, the Flamborough had joined the Biddeford. The French tried to disengage but the British pursued them. The Flamborough soon came up with the Opale and, after an exchange of broadsides, let the Biddeford deal with her and pursued the Malicieuse. At 6:30 PM, the Flamborough came up with the Malicieuse and engaged her until 9:00 PM when combat was interrupted to repair. At 9:30 PM, the frigates resumed their duel until 11:00 PM. The Flamborough then pursued her enemy until April 5 at noon but the Malicieuse managed to escape. The Flamborough then sailed for Lisbon to repair and arrived there on April 6. During this action, the Flamborough lost 5 men killed and 10 wounded.
To do: details on the campaigns from 1759 to 1762
N.B.: Complete History mentions 28 guns in 1756
Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761, p. 174
Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy
N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.