In 1749 the commander of the
French navy in Toulon decided to build four special
speed ships. One of these four ships was the
Indiscret, which was launched on 24 March 1751 with
a crew of 300 men.
The naval museum in Paris
has a contemporary model of the ship. It is covered
with 22 photos and with extensive explanations in
the book by Jean Boudriot, "Modeles Historiques,
Musée de la Marine", A.N.C.R.E., Paris, 1997.
Indiscret had a narrow floor to achieve great speed,
but with a considerable beam to carry and extensive
sail plan. As it was very low-built, its decks were
formed with a great convexity from the middle of
their breadth towards the sides, in order to carry
off the water more readily by their scuppers.
Indiscret could be navigated
in three different methods according to the force or
direction of the wind.