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FRENCH FRIGATES

30-pdr frigates

Lenght from rabbet to rabbet on the gundeck, except Boucher design frigates where the Lenght from rabbet to rabbet at the waterline.

Name

Laid
down

Launc-
hed

Building
place

Struck
from
list

Guns

Gun Sizes

Dimensions (m.)

Notes

1st Rank frigates

Razeed ex 74- gun ships.

Minerve

1831

1833

Rochefort

1853

58

28-36,
28-36c.
2-18
Minerve:
26-36
2-22cm
28-36c.
2-18
1850-51:
24-30
1-50
3-22cm
17-30c.
1-30
4-16cm

54,82 (wl.)(Guerriére)x
55,87 (deck)x
14,45 (mld.)x
6,41 (mean)x
6,74 (max) m.

2537 t. displacement.

ex- Glorieux (1818), razeed 1832.
Renamed 1833 or 1834.
Gunnery training ship 1850-51.
Stricken 1853.
School hulk later.
Renamed Aberwrach before 1865.
BU 1874.

Guerriére

1820

1821

Toulon

1840

ex- Romulus (1812)
Razeed, and renamed 1821.
Stricken 1840.

Amphitrite

1823

1823

Genoa

1836

ex- Agamemnon (1812), razeed, and
renamed 1823/24.
Stricken 1836.

Pallas

1825

1827

Toulon

1840

ex- Colosse (1813), razeed 1826.
Renamed 1827.
Stricken 1840.

Surveillante Class

Surveillante

1823

1825

Lorient

1844

 60


























30-30
28-30c.
2-18 or 12

54,00 (wl.)x
54,40 (deck)x
14,10 (mld.)x
14,50 (ext.)x
6,34 (mean)x
6,59 (max) m.

2558 t. displacement.

 

 

 

M. Boucher design.
Stricken 1844.
BU 1845.

Belle -Gabrielle

1824

1828

Cherbourg

1860

 

Renamed Indépendanté in 1830.
Stricken 1860.
Renamed Ecurie before 1865.
BU 1894.

Herminie

1824

1828

Lorient

1838

 

Lost at Bermuda 1838.

Melpoméne

1825

1828

Cherbourg

1845

30-30
28-30c.
2-18 or 12

Stricken 1845.
Renamed Travailleuse 1867.
BU 1878.

Sémillante

1827

1841

Lorient

1855

 

Lost at storm 1855.

Andromaque

1827

1841

Lorient

1869

1852-54:
26-30
4-22cm
26-30c.
4-16cm  

Stricken 1869.
Became scheer hulk.
BU 1905.

Belle-Poule

1828

1834

Cherbourg

1861

c.1842:
26-30
4-22cm
24-30c.
6-16cm 

Stricken 1861.
Renamed Poudriére before 1865.
BU 1888.

Forte

1829

1841

Cherbourg

1868

1852-54:
26-30
4-22cm
26-30c.
4-16cm 

 Stricken 1868.
Became coal and water hulk.
In 1876 became mooring hulk.
BU 1894.

Pallas

1848

-

Lorient

1860
steam

 

 

Iphygénie

Iphygénie

1824

1827

Toulon

1872

60

1827:
30-30
28-30c.
2-18

53,92 (wl.)x
14,13 (mld.)x
6,26 (mean) m.

2676 t. displacement.

P.Leroux design.
Gunnery training ship 1844-50.
Stricken 1872.
Renamed Druide 1877.
BU 1888.

Terpsichore

Terpsichore

1824

1827

Brest

1839

60

1828:
30-30
28-30c.
2-18

54,00 (wl.)x
14,05 (mld.) m.

 BU 1839.

Didon Class

Dryade

1824

1827

Rochefort

1838

60






c.1828:
30-30
26-30c.
4-18
c.1835:
30-30
28-30c.
2-18

54,00 (wl.)x
54,40 (deck)x
14,10 (mld.)x
14,50 (ext.)x
5,89 (depth)x
6,34 (mean)x
6,72 (max) m.









P.Leroux design.
2497 t. displacement.
Renamed Caroline in 1828, and
renamed
back to Dryade in 1830.
Stricken 1838.

Didon

1825

1828

Toulon

1867

c.1828:
30-30
26-30c.
4-18

Stricken, and BU 1867.

Renommée

1826

1847

Rochefort

1858
steam

 

Completed as a Screw frigate(40) 1858.

Semiramis

1829

-

Rochefort

1861
steam

 

Launched(1861), and completed(1863) as
a Screw frigate(24-36).

Guerriere

1848

-

Brest

1860
steam

 

Launched(1860), and completed(1862) as
a Screw frigate(24-36).

Uranie

Uranie

1826

1832

Toulon

1864

 

1840:
28-30
2-22cm
26-30
4-16cm
1851:
24-30
2-30
2-22cm
18-30c.
2or4-16cm

54,00 (wl.)x
54,52 (deck)x
14,10 (mld.)x
14,52 (ext.)
6,24 (mean)
6,37 (max) m.

L. Barallier design.
Training ship 1851-55.
Stricken 1864.
BU 1883.

Persévérante

Persévérante

1829

1847

Brest

1867

 60


1854:
26-30
2-50
2-22cm
22-16cm
2-30

54,00 (wl.)x
14,00 (mld.)x
6,54 (mean) m.

2628 t. displacement.

C. Simon design.
Stricken and BU 1867.

Vengeance-Class

Vengeance

1829

1848

Lorient

1866

60

Design :
30-30
28-30c.
2-18 or 12

53,64 (wl.)x
14,00 (mld.)x
6,50 (mean)x
6,75 (max) m.



M. Boucher design.
Stricken 1866.
Became barracks hulk.
BU 1898.

Entreprenante

1829

1858
steam

Lorient

1885

 

 

 Stricken 1885, BU 1896.

Victoire

1830

1861
steam

Lorient

 

 

 

Orginally named as Duchesse d' Orléans
, renamed 1848.


Next 1st Rank frigates laid down in 1830-48, but never completed : Valentine, Jeanne d'Albert, Amphitrite, Melpoméne, Impérieuse, Venus

Name

Laid
down

Launc-
hed

Building
place

Struck
from
list

Guns

Gun Sizes

Dimensions (m.)

Notes

3rd Rank frigates.

Pénélope

1830

1840

Lorient

1864

46

Designed:
28-18
16-30c.
2-18
1848:
24-16cm
4-30
10-30c.
2-16cm

48,00 (wl.)x
48,33 (deck)x
12,40 (mld.)x
5,67 (mean) m.

1695 t. displacement.

J.F.Guillemard design.
Stricken 1864.
BU 1889.

Jeanne d' Arc

1835

1847

Lorient

1864

 

1852:
22-30
2-30
2-22cm
14-30c.
2-30

Stricken 1864.
BU 1898.

Héliopolis Class

Héliopolis

1830

1847

Rochefort

1880

46

1854:
24-30
2-22cm
8-16cm
2-30

48,00 (wl.)x
48,80 (deck)x
12,40 (mld.)x
5,65 (mean)x
5,97 (max) m.

1701 t. displacement.

J.B.Hubert design.
Stricken 1880.
BU 1887.

Érigone

1832

1836

St-Servan

1864

 

1840:
24-18
4-16cm
16-30c.
2-18

ex- Oriflamme 1831.
Stricken 1864.
BU 1879.

Chartre

1833

1842

Brest

1879

 

1843:
24-16cm
4-30
16-30c.
2-16cm

ex- Douze Avril 1830.
Renamed Constitution in 1848.
Stricken 1879.
BU 1881.

Africaine

1835

1839

St-Servan

1867

 

1840:
24-18
4-16cm
16-30c.
2-18

Stricken 1867.
BU 1871. 

Psyché Class

Psyché

1842

1844

Brest

1867

40

1846:
18-22cm
4-30
4-16cm
4-30

48,00 (wl.)x
48,29 (deck)x
13,00 (mld.)x
13,30 (ext.)x
5,71 (mean)x
6,15 (max)x
5,30 (depth) m.

1708 t. displacement.

M.Boucher design.
Stricken 1867.
BU 1875.

Clorinde

1843

1845

Cherbourg

1857
steam

1844:
(designed)
14-30
8-22cm
4-30
4-16cm
4-30

Steam 1857.

Isis

1846

1851

Brest

1886

 

Stricken 1886.
BU 1900. 

Armorique

1850

1862
steam

Rochefort

1867

 

Steam 1862.

Algérie

Algérie

1844

1848

Rochefort

1867

40





1849:
24-30
2-22cm
8-30c.
4-16cm
2-30

48,25 (wl.)x
49,50 (deck)x
13,00 (mld.)x
5,62 (mean)x
5,20 (depth) m.

1725 t. displacement.

J.B.Hubert design.
Stricken , and BU 1867.

Ceres

Ceres

1847

1857
steram

Lorient

1884

40

?

48,00 (wl.)x
13,00 (mld.)x
5,70 (mean) m.

1757 t. displacement.

Stricken 1884.
BU 1899.

Resolue

Resolue

1846

1863

Cherbourg

1872
steam

40

?

48,00 (wl.) ?x
13,00 (mld.) ?

Launched as a sailing frigate, but
completed in 1872 as a steam frigate.

Seven frigates laid down 1830-7, but never completed : Bouvines, Psyché, Pomone, Nymphe, Thémis, Psyché, Antigone.

Sources :
-The history of the French frigate, 1650-1850, J. Boudriot (1993)
-The Navies of the world 1835-40, John Houghton (1999)
-www.shipscribe.com