Nymphe (24)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built at Rochefort, starting in February 1751, and launched in January 1752.

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

  • from May 23, 1754: Captain Louis Guillouet, Comte d'Orvilliers
  • in 1756: Captain de Callian

On June 21, 1757, the frigate was scuttled and burnt at Majorca.

Service during the War

In 1756, the frigate participated to the amphibious expedition against Minorca. On May 20, she took part to the battle of Minorca against admiral Byng's squadron where a French fleet prevented him to bring reinforcement to Fort St. Philip in Mahon.

On June 21, 1757, the frigate was scuttled and burnt at Majorca to avoid capture by the Hampton Court (64).


Technical specifications
Guns 24
Gun deck 20 x 8-pdrs
Quarterdeck 4 x 4-pdrs
Crew 200
Length 121 ft 6 in (37.03 m)
Width 30 ft 11 in (9.45 m)
Depth 16 ft (4.90 m)
Displacement 290 tons


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