French frigate Junon (1786)

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Career (France) French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign
Name: Junon
Namesake: Juno
Ordered: 30 October 1781[1]
Builder: Toulon shipyard[1]
Laid down: 10 February 1782[1]
Launched: 14 August 1782[1]
Commissioned: 2 May 1786[1]
Captured: By HMS Bellona at the Action of 18 June 1799
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Name: HMS Princess Charlotte
Acquired: Captured at the Action of 18 June 1799
General characteristics
Class & type: Minerve class frigate
Displacement: 700 tonnes[1]
Length: 46.1 metres[1]
Beam: 11.7 metres[1]
Draught: 5.5 metres[1]
Sail plan: Ship-rigged
Armament:

French service
28 x  18-pounder long guns[1]

12 x  8-pounder long guns[1]
Armour: Timber

Junon was a 40-gun Minerve class frigate of the French Navy.

French service[edit]

Junon was commissioned in the French Navy under Captain d'Ettry on 2 May 1786.[1] She took part in the naval review given to honour Louis XVI in Cherbourg on 24 June 1786.[1]

In late 1790, under Lieutenant Villeneuve d'Esclapon, she prepared to sail from Toulon, but never departed.[1] In June 1792, Junon escorted merchantmen from Toulon into the Atlantic Ocean under Lieutenant Terras de Rodeillac.[2]

In December 1792, she ferried Ambassador Sémonville to Constantinople, before returning to cruise off Sardinia, notably supporting the landing of French troops on 14 January 1793.[1]

From 26 August 1793, she was under the command of Lieutenant Le Duey, in Marseille.[3] From there, she escorted a convoy of merchantmen to Toulon, sailed to cruise in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Antibes, conducted reconnaissance of thecoasts of Provence, and returned to Toulon. Lieutenant Villeneuve d'Esclapon[1] replaced Le Duey on 25 December 1793; Villeneuve was promoted to Captain before 16 August 1794.[4]

From August 1795 to January 1796, Junon cruised in consort with Sérieuse in the Mediterranean.[1]

In the fleet of Toulon, Junon took part in the Mediterranean campaign of 1798, running aground upon her arrival at Abukir.[1] Repaired in Alexandria, under Captain Pourquier, Junon became part of the Syrian naval station under Rear-admiral Perrée.[5] She ferried artillery and ammunition of the French Army besieging Acres.[5]

HMS Centaur captured Junon in the Action of 18 June 1799.[5] The Royal Navy recommissioned her as the 38-gun fifth rate HMS Princess Charlotte.

British service[edit]

At 10am on on 13 December 1804, Princess Charlotte was four leagues west of Cape Antonio when she sighted an unknown brig. After a chase of seven hours southward, Princess Charlotte caught up with her quarry at Lat. 30° 50' N Long. 85° 32' W. The brig surrendered after her pursuer had fired four or five shots. The quarry was the French privateer Regulus, out of Guadaloupe. She was pierced for 14 guns but had only 11 on board, having thrown two overboard during the chase. Shad a crew of 88 men under the command of Citizen Jacque Mathieu. Captain F.F. Gardner of Princess Charlotte described Regulus as "a very fine Vessel" that "sails remarkably well" and is "perfectly adapted for His Majesty's Service".[6] The Royal Navy took her into service as HMS Regulus.

On 27 May 1811, Princess Charlotte was in company with the Rhin when they captured the American ship Fox.[7]

In 1812, Princess Charlotte was renamed HMS Andromache.

The American ship Mount Hope, which had been sailing from Georgetown to Cadiz when a French privateer captured her, arrived at Plymouth on 12 May 1813, after Andromache recaptured her.[8] A later account has the capture taking place on 5 May, Mount Hope '​s voyage as starting in Charlestown, and her cargo as rice.[9] Her captors were Andromeda, rather than Andromache, and Surveillante and HMS Iris.[10]

On 14 March 1814 Andromache captured the Baltimore letter of marque Courier, off Nantes. Courier, of 251 tons (bm), was armed with six 12-pounder carronades and had a crew of 35 men under the command of Captain Robert Davis.[11]

Two weeks later, on 2 April, Sealark and Andromache captured the American ship Good Friends.[12] The privateer Cerberus was in sight.[13][Note 1]

Post script to the war[edit]

In January 1819, the London Gazette reported that Parliament had voted a grant to all those who had served under the command of Lord Viscount Keith in 1812, between 1812 and 1814, and in the Gironde. Andromache was listed among the vessels that had served under Keith in 1813 and 1814.[Note 2] She had also served under Kieth in the Gironde.[Note 3]

Fate[edit]

HMS Andromache was sold for scrap and dismantled in Deptford in 1828.[5]

Notes, citations and references[edit]

Notes;
  1. ^ Captain John Tregowith had received a letter of marque on 13 January 1813 for the brig Cerberus, of 294 tons (bm), ten 9 and 4-pounder guns and six 18-pounder carronades, and 48 men.[14]
  2. ^ The money was paid in three tranches. For someone participating in the first through third tranches, a first-class share was worth £256 5s 9d; a sixth-class share was worth £4 6s 10d. For someone participating only in the second and third tranches a first-class share was worth £202 6s 8d; a sixth-class share was worth £5 0s 5d.[15]
  3. ^ The sum of the two tranches of payment for that service was £272 8s 5d for a first-class share; the amount for a sixth-class share was £3 3s 5d.[15]
Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Roche, p.269
  2. ^ Fond Marine, p.32
  3. ^ Fond Marine, p.51
  4. ^ Fond Marine, p.80
  5. ^ a b c d Fonds Marine, p.229
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 15787. p. 318. 9March 1805.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16702. p. 313. 9 February 1813.
  8. ^ Lloyd's List 14 May 1813 [1] - accessed 13 November 2013.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16750. p. 1336. 6 July 1813.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16807. p. 2275. 16 November 1813.
  11. ^ Cranwell and Crane (1940), p. 378.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16807. p. 2276. 16 November 1813.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16793. p. 2104. 23 October 1813.
  14. ^ Letter of Marque (LoM),[2] – accessed 15 May 2011.
  15. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 17864. p. 1752. 26 October 1822.
References
  • Cranwell, John Philips, and William Bowers Crane (1940) Men of Marque: A History of Private Armed Vessels out of Baltimore During the War of 1812. (New York: W.W. Norton).
  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 
  • Fonds Marine. Campagnes (opérations ; divisions et stations navales ; missions diverses). Inventaire de la sous-série Marine BB4. Tome premier : BB4 1 à 482 (1790-1826)