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Origin and History

The frigate was built by Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb at Toulon starting in June 1754, launched on February 15 1756 and first commissioned in July 1756.

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

  • in 1762: Captain Chevalier d'Oppède

The frigate was wrecked near Villefranche on October 27 1762.

Service during the War

In 1757, the frigate was charged of a mission in Malta.

In 1759, the frigate was part of the fleet assembled at Toulon under de la Clue which was destined to reinforce the main French fleet at Brest for the planned invasion of Great Britain. By mid May, de la Clue's squadron was almost ready for sea when a British squadron under the command of Boscawen, conducting operations in the Mediterranean, appeared off Toulon and blockaded the harbour. At the beginning of July, Boscawen was compelled to go to Gibraltar for provisions and repairs. On August 5, de la Clue set sail from Toulon to make a junction with de Conflans' fleet at Brest. On August 17, de la Clue's fleet (10 ships of the line, 2 50-gun ships and 3 frigates) passed the straits of Gibraltar where it was sighted by the Gibraltar (20). Alarmed, Boscawen set sail from Gibraltar to intercept de la Clue. During the night of August 17 to 18, this frigate along with 2 others of de la Clue's squadron lost sight of his flagship and steered for Cadiz. She did not take part in the disastrous battle of Lagos in the afternoon of August 18.

From February 13 1760 to March 26 1761, the frigate was armed as a privateer and operated in the West Indies.

On October 27 1762, the frigate was wrecked near Villefranche.


Technical specifications
Guns 30
Gundeck 26 x 8-pdrs
Quarterdeck 4 x 4-pdrs
Crew 7 officers, 240 men
Length at gundeck 38.98 m
Width 10.29 m
Depth 5.31 m
Displacement 500 tons


Deschênes, Ronald: Frégates du Roi de 1682 à 1767

Harrison, Simon and Manuel Blasco: 3 Decks

Roche, Jean-Michel Roche: Les bâtiments ayant porté le nom de Minerve in Net Marine

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