French frigate Flore (1806)
1/48 scale model of the Flore, on display at the Musée national de la Marine in Paris
|Ordered:||3 August 1804|
|Builder:||Rochefort, plans by Pierre-Jacques-Nicolas Rolland|
|Laid down:||1 July 1805|
|Launched:||11 November 1806|
|Acquired:||14 June 1810|
|Struck:||27 November 1811|
|Class and type:||Armide class|
|Length:||47 m (154 ft)|
|Beam:||12 m (39 ft)|
|Draught:||5.5 m (18 ft)|
In 1808, she was part of Ganteaume's squadron that cruised in the Mediterranean.
On 12 March 1811, she was part of Bernard Dubourdieu's squadron sailing to raid the British commerce raider base of the island of Lissa. The squadron encountered William Hoste's frigate squadron, leading to the Battle of Lissa.
In the ensuing fight, Flore was distanced by her flagship Favorite, which engaged the British flagship HMS Amphion, and ran aground. Flore and Bellona caught on and engaged Amphion in a crossfire. Amphion outmanoeuvered Flore and raked her for ten minutes, after which Flore struck her colours.
Sources and references
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- Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.[page needed][self-published source?]
- (French) BATAILLE DE LISSA