French frigate Sérieuse (1779)

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Name: Sérieuse
Namesake: "serious"
Ordered: 28 August 1778
Builder: Toulon
Fate: Scuttled on 2 Sugust 1798 after the Battle of the Nile to avoid capture
General characteristics
Class & type: Magicienne class frigate

600 tonnes

5 260 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 44.2 m (145 ft)
Beam: 11.2 m (37 ft)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft) (22 French feet)

32 guns:

Armour: Timber

The Sérieuse was a Magicienne class frigate of the French Navy.

In 1781, she 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, this ship 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.