This is a PDF booklet describing the history of the fastest sailship of the mid-1700s, la Renommée, a French 30-gun frigate. The commanders, construction, assignments during the War of Austrian Succession and Seven Years Wars, and captures are all featured. 28 pgs., copyright 2019, illustrated by the author.
Story of a French Frigate
D. E. Stockman
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The excerpt from The Ship’s Carpenter is from a work of historical fiction.
Certain characters and their actions were inspired by historical individuals and
events. The characters in the novel, however, do not resemble actual persons, liv-
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Few frigates of the mid-1700s garnered the reputation for speed
as that of la Renommée (pronounced: lah • reh-noh-may´),
launched in 1744 at the great French naval shipyard at Brest on the
Atlantic coast in Brittany. Her unique nautical architecture influ-
enced the future of ship design in Great Britain as well as in France.
La Renommée sailed both sides of the ocean under the Bourbon and
British Royal Navy ensigns for almost 27 years.
The story of la Renommée begins with the War of Austrian
Succession that sprang out of multiple conflicts over colonies and
trade around 1740. France had allied itself with Prussia while Great
Britain supported Archduchess Maria Theresa’s succession to the
Hapsburg Monarchy. A confusing state of allegiances and colonial
boundary disputes had, by 1743, brought France and Great Britain to
war against one another.
In preparation for war, both Britain and France increased the con-
struction of warships. Versailles’s support for the French navy had
always been inconsistent ever since its creation because the greater
threat to France didn’t come from the sea. Traditionally, invasions
into France came from central Europe, requiring the French to fund
a large, strong arm