French frigate Ariane (1811)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other ships with the same name, see French ship Ariane.
Clorinde, sister-ship of the French frigate Ariane (1811)
French Navy EnsignFrance
Name: Ariane
Namesake: Ariana
Builder: Nantes
Laid down: 1807
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 Ariane was a 40-gun frigate of the French Navy, lead ship of her class.


Ariane was commissioned on 9 January 1812 under Captain Jean-Baptiste-Henri Féretier, as part of a two-frigate squadron tasked with commerce raiding in the Atlantic, that also comprised Andromaque and the brig Mameluck.

Returning to Lorient, the squadron 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. 49. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 

See also[edit]