Marine Heritage Database

HMS Blonde - 1782

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

704

Length(ft)

133

Breadth(ft)

35

Depth(ft)

12

Masts

3

Decks

Hull

Wood

Shipwreck Details

Description

Originally the french frigate LA BLONDE 36 guns, captured 28/02/1760 near the Isle of Man by H.M.S. EOLUS, Capt. John Elliot. Recommissioned as HMS BLONDE, she saw considerable service in Nova Scotian waters during the American Revolution.

Story

After having captured LYON, an American privateer outside Salem Harbour, BLONDE was heading back to Halifax with 65 prisoners when she struck the rock which came to be known as 'Blonde Rock'. The crew and prisoners launched boats and reached Seal Island three miles off. Some days later two American privateers, SCAMMELL and LIVELY, visited the island in search of water. When a landing party from LIVELY discovered the party ashore a deal was struck. The prisoners would be released in exchange for the LIVELY putting the British sailors ashore in Nova Scotia. Both sides kept the bargain and the crew of BLONDE was landed approximately 30 miles from Yarmouth. Blonde Rock has since gone on to claim many vessels.

Vessel Type

Ship, Frigate, 32 guns

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Unknown

Date of Wreck

1782-01-21

Location

Blonde Rock, near Seal Island

Cargo

Lives Lost

1

Voyage from

Boston, Massachusetts , United States

Voyage to

Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Le Harve, France

Date

Registered at

United Kingdom

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Ship

Details

Fifth Rate, 12 pounder frigate, 32 guns

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