French frigate Andromaque (1811)

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Clorinde, sister-ship of the French frigate Andromaque (1811)
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Name: Andromaque
Namesake: Andromache
Ordered: 10 November 1808
Builder: Nantes
Laid down: 1808
Launched: 1811
Decommissioned: 22 May 1812
General characteristics
Class and type: Ariane class frigate
Length: 45.5 metres (149 ft)
Beam: 12.36 metres (40.6 ft)
Draught: 5.9 metres (19 ft)
Propulsion: Sail, full rigged ship, 1,950 square metres (21,000 sq ft)
Complement: 325 men
Armour: Timber

The Andromaque was a 40-gun Ariane class frigate of the French Navy.


Ariane was commissioned on 1 August 1811 under Captain Nicolas Morice, as part of a two-frigate squadron tasked with commerce raiding in the Atlantic, that also comprised Ariane and the brig Mameluck.

Returning to Lorient, the squadron met with met the 74-gun HMS Northumberland. In the ensuing Action of 22 May 1812, the two frigates ran aground trying to escape their much stronger opponent, and were set afire to prevent their capture.[1]




  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, 1671 - 1870. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. p. 41. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 

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