French frigate Sérieuse (1779)

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Name: Sérieuse
Namesake: "serious"
Ordered: 28 August 1778
Builder: Toulon
Laid down: March 1779
Launched: 28 August 1779
Commissioned: October 1779
Fate: Scuttled on 2 Sugust 1798 after the Battle of the Nile to avoid capture
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Magicienne-class frigate
Displacement: 1,100 tons (French)
Length: 44.12 m (144.8 ft) (overall)
38.66 m (126.8 ft) (keel)
Beam: 11.21 m (36.8 ft)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft) (laden(
Complement: 265-285
Armament: Upperdeck:26 × 12-pounder long guns
Spardeck:6 × 6-pounder long guns
Armour: Timber

The Sérieuse was a Magicienne class frigate of the French Navy, launched in 1779.


In 1781, Sérieuse ferried soldiers after the Invasion of Minorca.

She was at Toulon when the British captured the city. When they left, on 18 December 1793, they attempted to burn her, but the French managed to extinguish the fire and save the ship.

On 9 June 1794, Sérieuse captured HMS Speedy off Nice.

In 1798, she took part in the Expedition of Egypt, and in the Battle of the Nile. She attempted to reinforce the crew of Tonnant by sending 150 men of her own crew. She was sunk by HMS Orion the night after.

Citations and references[edit]

  1. ^ Wifield and Roberts (2015 forthcoming), Chap. 5.
  • Winfield, Rif & Stephen S Roberts (2015 Forthcoming) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786 - 1862: Design Construction, Careers and Fates. (Seaforth Publishing). ISBN 9781848322042