Sémillante-class frigate

on 9 February 1799.
Class overview
Name: Sémillante

 French Navy

 United States Navy
Preceded by: Félicité class
Succeeded by: Charente Inférieure class
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Class & type: 32-gun, 12-pounder frigate
Tons burthen: 600 tonnes
Length: 45.5 metres
Beam: 11.5 metres
Draught: 5.5 metres
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Ship

32 guns

The Sémillante class was a type of 12-pounder 32-gun frigate of the French Navy, designed by Pierre-Joseph Pénétreau.

Builder: Lorient
Laid down: December 1790
Launched: 25 November 1791
Completed: May 1792
Fate: Given to Robert Surcouf at Mauritius in September 1808 and armed by him as a privateer, renamed Charles. Captured by the Royal Navy in December 1809 and broken up.
Builder: Lorient
Laid down: 5 November 1791
Launched: 27 April 1793
Completed: June 1793
Fate: Captured by the US Navy off Nevis on 8 February 1799, recommissioned as USS Insurgent, but lost at sea in September 1800.


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