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French corvette Naturaliste


Géographe and Naturaliste
Career (France)
Name: Naturaliste
Namesake: Natural science
Builder: Le Havre
Laid down: August 1793
Launched: 12 September 1795
In service: February 1796
Fate: December 1810
General characteristics
Class & type: Salamandre class
Displacement: 400 tonnes
Length: 39.0 metres
Beam: 8.8 metres
Draught: 3.7 metres
Propulsion: Sail
Capacity: 114
Armament: 10 x 8-pounder guns, 2 x 12-inch mortars;
by 1796 the mortars were removed and she carried 22 x 8-pounder guns;
for her 1800 commission, the armament was reduced to 10 x 6-pounder guns;
the 22 x 8-pounder guns were restored in July 1803.
Armour: Timber

The Naturaliste was a Salamandre class bomb-corvette of the French Navy.

She was launched in 1795 as La Menaçante. She was renamed to La Naturaliste in June 1800 and under Jacques Hamelin, she took part in the exploration of Australia of Nicolas Baudin.

Following her return in June 1803, she saw service in the French Navy for seven more years from 1803, but was decommissioned in 1810 and sold in January 1811.

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