Reculès de Basmarein & Raimbaux

Bordeaux merchant firm.

Was actively involved in the American war. The firm helped Lafayette make his getaway on the Victoire, organized a packetboat service, opened a branch in Charleston, and sent more than sixty ships to America.

It was at one time one of the leading commercial houses in France, but suffered tremendous losses over the course of its involvement in the war. The King eventually granted the firm Lettres de Représailles, allowing it to arm a frigate, the Vengeance, and to take enough British prizes to recoup its losses (1778).

Following the death of the captain of the Vengeance, the firm armed a larger frigate, the Marquis de Lafayette, but eventually went bankrupt (1779).