Abénaquise (38)

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Origin and History

This frigate was built by René-Nicolas Levasseur at Québec and launched in the spring of 1756 under the name of “Abénaquise”.

The ship was captured by the British Royal Navy in 1757.

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

  • in the French service:
    • ???
  • in the British service
    • September 1758: captain Francis Samuel Drake
    • beginning of 1759 until end of 1761: captain Samuel Scott

The frigate was broken up in April 1763.

Service during the War

On November 11 1757, the frigate was capture by the Unicorn (28) of the British Navy.

On June 13 1758, the frigate was bought by the British Royal Navy and renamed “Aurora”.

In the autumn of 1759, the frigate served with the British squadron in the Downs, under commodore sir Piercy Brett. In October, when the French squadron of Thurot slipped out of Dunkerque harbour through a thick fog and made to the northward, Brett's squadron was ordered to Yarmouth to protect the coast of England.

To do: more details on campaigns under the British flag from 1760 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 38
Gundeck 28 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck 8 x 18-pdrs
Forecastle 2 x 6-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length 144 feet (43.89 m)
Width 38 feet 5 in (11.71 m)
Depth ???
Displacement ???


Deschênes , Ronald; Frégates du Roy de 1682 à 1767, version 2, 2001

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy


  • Military of New France

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