French frigate Railleuse (1689)

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1/50th scale model of Railleuse, on display at the Swiss Museum of Transport.
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Name: Railleuse
Namesake: "banteter", "jester" (female form)
Builder: Dunkirk[1]
Launched: 1683[1]
Fate: Destroyed on 5 August 1703[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Frigate
Displacement: 169 tonnes [1]
Length: 28.6 m (94 ft) [1]
Beam: 4.4 m (14 ft) [1]
Draft: 3.1 m (10 ft) [1]
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 90
Armament: 18 × 6-pounder long guns
Armour: timber

The Railleuse was an 18-gun frigate of the French Navy, launched in 1689.


Under Captain Jean Bart, Railleuse ferried François Louis, Prince of Conti to Poland, departing Dunkirk on 6 September 1697 and reaching Gdańsk on the 20th. She then returned him to France on 11 December.

She was destroyed by fire on 5 August 1703, along with Joyeuse, when three English ships of the line attacked the convoy that she was escorting.

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Roche, p.370


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours. 1. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. p. 370. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.