French frigate Hortense (1803)

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Model of Hortense, on display at Toulon naval museum
Name: Hortense
General characteristics
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)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Ship

Hortense was a 40-gun Hortense-class frigate and lead vessel of her class of the French Navy.

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.[1]

Hortense took part in the Battle of Cape Finisterre, in the Battle of Trafalgar and in Lamellerie's expedition.

In 1814, she was renamed to Flore.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ 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.