[On June 23rd, 1793, the Ottoman fleet was composed of 43 battle ships, and one fleet under construction. Note: 10 ships…]
An anonymous, probably spying report on the Ottoman fleet was sent to France on August 8, 1793, through a French diplomat Marie Louis Descorches, in the time of the French Revolution, when the old Franco-Ottoman alliance was establishing new relations.
The report list in details types of official Ottoman war boats, their numbers and condition they are in.
A note on the top quotes the report was attached to a letter by Marie Louis Descorches, on August 8th, 1793. Descorches, born as marquis d`Escorches, was a vivid supporter of the French Revolution, who renounced his title and adopted the name Descorches. He was French representative in Poland between 1791–1792 and in Ottoman Empire from 1793 to 1795.