A four-masted wooden ship built in 1801 by Thibault, Bordeaux.
Her dimensions were 44,80×8,22 meters [147'×27'] and tonnage 486 44/94
GRT and c440 NRT. Rigged with royal sails.
- 1801 May
- Launched at the shipyard of Thibault, Bordeaux, for his own use as
a privateer. Originally armed with 24 six-pounder and two twelve-pounder guns and
had a crew of 210 men.
- 1801 July 21
- Taken by the HM ships Immortalité,
Captain Hotham, in company with Aretusa, at 43°03' N, 11°42' W,
off Cape Ortegal.
- 1801 May
- Bought at auction by Carteret Priaulx & Co., Guernsey,
and was re-rigged to a three-masted ship. The armament was reduced to 12
12-punders and four nine punders. Captain Peter Tardif was given command of the
ship. It seems that she was issued with a Letter of Marque before she began
sailing for her know owners, although she did not act as a privateer.
The crew consisted of the Master Peter Tardif, Guernsey, two mates, 21
seamen, five boys, and three idlers.
- 1802 [?] January 13 — February 15
- Sailed from Falmouth to
- 1802 [?] April 7 — May 14
- Sailed from Gibraltar to
- 1802 [?] June 22 — July 31
- Sailed from Norfolk, VA, to
- 1802 [?] September 12 — October 26
- Sailed from Leghorn to
- 1802 [?] November 29 — January 8
- Sailed from Norfolk, VA,
- 1803 [?] June 13 — July 3
- Sailed from Guernsey to St.
- 1805 January 6
- Captured the Spanish vessel Polaire Aquilla
on voyage from Cartagena to Barcelona.
- 1805 January 21
- Issued with a Letter of Marque.
- 1805 April
- 1810 September
- Wrecked at the entrance to Rio de la Plata.
- Bill of Sale, 1801.
Capture of the L'Invention.
Naval Chronicle Vol. 7 (1802), pp 1.
- Hatch, N.G.: Capture of L'Invention.
Sea Breezes Vol. VIII (1926), p 190.
- Hotham, Henry:
Letter from Capt. Henry Hotham, Esq. To the Hon. Admiral Cornwallis.
The Naval Gazette, 1801.
- Howard, G.F.: Early Nineteenth-Century Four-Masted Vessels.
The Mariner's Mirror Vol. 56 (1970), p 325.
- James, William:
The Naval History of Great Britain from the declaration of war by France
1793, to the accession of George IV …
1820, with an account of the origin and progressive increase of the British
Navy; illustrated, from the commencement of the year 1793, by a series of
London, 1822-1824. Vol. 3. p 152.
- Laws, M.E.S.: Freak Ships of Long Ago.
Sea Breezes Vol. 4 (1947), p 130-132, ill.
- Raban, Peter: The First 'Modern' Four-Masted Ships.
The Mariner's Mirror Vol. 82 (1996), p 224.
- Santi-Mazzini, Giovanni: The First 'Modern' Four-Masted Ships.
The Mariner's Mirror Vol. 81 (1995), p 477, ill.
- Sarres, John W.: The Ship Invention 1801-1805 and Her Prize.
Report and Transactions of La Société Guernesiaise Vol. XXII (1988), pp 466-476.
- Tardif, G.G.: An Old Four Poster. Smart work by L'Invention.
Sea Breezes Vol. VIII (1926), p 101-102, ill.
- Timewell, H.C.: Guernsey Privateers.
The Mariner's Mirror Vol. 56 (1970), pp 199-218, 2 plates.
- Toczko, Nobert F. & Chapelle, Howard I.: Privateer L'Invention.
Nautical Research Journal Vol. 12, Brooklyn, 1962. pp 28-29, ill.
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