Renown (30)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built by Esterin at Brest and launched on December 19 1744. She was named “Renommée”.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, on September 27 1747, the frigate was captured by the Dover (44) of the British Royal Navy.

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

  • 1758 and 1759: captain George MacKenzie

The frigate was broken up at Woolwich in May 1771.

Service during the War

Somewhere in June 1758, while a British amphibious force conducted operations against the coasts of France, the frigate with the assistance of the Rochester (50), chased and captured the French frigate Guirlande (22).

At the beginning of January 1759, the frigate was among the fleet assembled at Carlisle Bay in Barbados under commodore John Moore for the planned expedition against the Martinique and Guadeloupe islands. On January 13, the whole British force sailed for Martinique Island. On January 15, the fleet lay off the bay of Fort Royal (actual Fort de France). On January 18, after an unsuccessful attempt by the land troops to capture Fort Royal, the British fleet proceeded to Saint-Pierre, the second town in Martinique. On January 19, after failing to silence the batteries around Saint-Pierre, commodore Moore decided to redirect his efforts against the island of Guadeloupe. On January 22, the British fleet reached Basse-Terre. On January 23, the fleet bombarded the citadel and town of Basse-Terre which was almost entirely destroyed. On January 24, British troops landed and occupied the town. On February 6, the frigate was part of captain Harman's squadron which was detached to attack Fort Louis on the Grande-Terre. On February 13, this squadron cannonaded Fort Louis for 6 hours before landing a large detachment of marines and Highlanders who stormed the fort. In mid March, Moore fell back to Prince Rupert's Bay in the Island of Dominica with his fleet, in order to cover Basse-Terre and the British Leeward Islands from the threat of the newly arrived French squadron. The island of Guadeloupe finally capitulated on May 1.

To do: more details for the campaigns from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 30
Gun deck 26 x 8-pdrs
Quarter deck 4 x 4-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length 127 ft (38.71 m.)
Width 35 ft (10.67 m.)
Depth ???
Displacement 500 long tons (508 metric tons)

References

Blasco, Manuel, British 5th Rates and French 5th Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

Deschênes, Ronald, Frégates du Roy de 1682 à 1767

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.