French frigate Cornélie (1797)

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For other ships with the same name, see French ship Cornélie.
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Name: Cornélie
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Name: Cornélie
Renamed: Cornelia
Captured: 1808
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginie class frigate
Displacement: 720 tonnes
Length: 47.4 m (156 ft)
Beam: 11.9 m (39 ft)
Draught: 5.5 m (18 ft)
Armament: 44 guns
Armour: Timber

The Cornélie was a 40-Gun Virginie class frigate of the French Navy.

In April 1799, along with Vengeance and Sémillante, she fought against HMS St Fiorenzo and Amelia.

On 4 August 1803 Cornélie sortied from Toulon as part of a squadron of four frigates and some corvettes. Cornélie captured the schooner HMS Redbreast and the water transport that Redbreast was escorting from Malta to Admiral Nelson's fleet.

She took part in the Battle of Cape Finisterre and in the Battle of Trafalgar.

On 14 June 1808, The Spanish captured a French squadron at Cádiz that included Cornélie. The Spaniards then brought her into Spanish service as Cornelia.


  • Dictionnaire de la flotte de guerre française, Jean-Michel Roche.