French corvette Géographe

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Géographe and Naturaliste
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Géographe
Namesake: Geography
Builder: Honfleur
Laid down: September 1794
Launched: 8 June 1800
Acquired: August 1800
In service: September 1800
Fate: 6 April 1819
General characteristics
Class & type: Serpente class
Displacement: 350 tonnes
Length: 40.3 metres
Beam: 9.7 metres
Draught: 3.8 metres
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 24 12-pounder long guns

The Géographe was a 20-gun Serpente class corvette of the French Navy. She was named Uranie in 1797, and renamed Galatée in 1799, still on her building site. Her builder refused to launch her, as he had not been paid to that time. Finally launched in June 1800, she was renamed Géographe on 23 August 1800.

On 19 October 1800, under captain Nicolas Baudin, she departed Le Havre with Naturaliste for an exploration of Australia. She returned on 23 March 1804, under Frigate Captain Milius, as Baudin had died during the expedition.

The ship was moored at Lorient from 1811, and was eventually broken up.


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  • Ville de Honfleur: Municipal archives (in French): 2p in-folio: manuscript de Paris dated 6 March 1793 - an 2e de la république signé Monge
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