French corvette Berceau (1794)
|Laid down:||December 1793|
|Launched:||12 July 1794|
|In service:||July 1794|
|Captured:||12 October 1800|
|Fate:||Broken up in 1804|
|Tons burthen:||350 tonnes|
|Length:||36.7 m (120 ft)|
|Beam:||9.1 m (30 ft)|
|Draught:||4.1 m (13 ft)|
|Armament:||22 guns to 32 guns|
In 1799, she took part in the Cruise of Bruix. On 11 May, Admiral Bruix set his flag on Berceau to direct a battle against the British off Cadiz; after the Spanish broke contact, Bruix cancelled the attack.
On 13 July 1800, Berceau measured herself against two Portuguese corvettes off Guyana. From September, she cruised the Caribbean under capitaine de frégate Senez. On 12 October, unbeknown to the participants, several days after the Peace that ended the Quasi-War, she met the 28-gun American frigate Boston; in the ensuing action, Berceau was badly damaged, and eventually struck her colours. She was towed as a prize to Boston under prize-master Robert Haswell. The battle having been fought two weeks after a formal peace agreement, Berceau was repaired at American expense and on 22 June 1801, she was restituted to France and recommissioned under Lieutenant Michelon.
She was eventually broken up in Vigo in 1804.
- Canney, Donald L. (2001). Sailing warships of the US Navy.
Chatham Publishing / Naval Institute Press. p. 224. ISBN 1-55750-990-5. Url
- Canney, 2001 p.55