French corvette Naturaliste

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Géographe and Naturaliste
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
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 m (128.0 ft)
Beam: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
Capacity: 114
Armament: 10 × 8-pounder guns, 2 × 12-inch mortars;
by 1796 the mortars were removed and she carried 22 × 8-pounder guns;
for her 1800 commission, the armament was reduced to 10 × 6-pounder guns;
the 22 × 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 (‘The Menacing’). She was renamed Le 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 until it was decommissioned in 1810 and sold in January 1811.

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