French frigate Hortense (1803)
Model of Hortense, on display at Toulon naval museum
|Class and type:||Hortense-class frigate|
|Displacement:||1350 (French tons)|
|Length:||48.75 m (159.9 ft)|
|Beam:||12.2 m (40 ft)|
|Draught:||5.9 m (19 ft)|
In January 1805, under the command of Captain Delamarre de Lamellerie, she and Incorruptible were sent to observe British movements off Toulon. On 4 February they attacked a convoy, destroying seven ships. Three days later, they encountered another convoy escorted by the 20-gun sloop HMS Arrow and the 8-gun bomb vessel HMS Acheron; the French frigates destroyed the two Royal Navy vessels and captured three ships of the convoy.
Then on 12 May 1805, Hortense and Hermione captured the 18-gun ship-sloop HMS Cyane. Cyane was cruising between Barbados and Martinique when she encountered a French fleet under Admiral Villeneuve. Hortense and Hermione so out-gunned Cyane that her captain, Commander George Cadogan, had no choice but to strike his colours.
In 1814, she was renamed to Flore.
Citations and references
- Hepper (1994), p. 111.
- Hepper, David J. (1994). British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650-1859. Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot. ISBN 0-948864-30-3.
- 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. 247. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.