French frigate Sérieuse (1779)
|Ordered:||28 August 1778|
|Laid down:||March 1779|
|Launched:||28 August 1779|
|Fate:||Destroyed 1 or 2 August 1798 Battle of the Nile to avoid capture|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:|
|Displacement:||1,100 tons (French)|
|Beam:||11.21 m (36.8 ft)|
|Draught:||5.2 m (17 ft) (laden(|
In 1781, Sérieuse ferried soldiers after the Invasion of Minorca.
She was at Toulon when the British captured the city. When they left, on 18 December 1793, they attempted to burn her. However, the French managed to extinguish the fire and save the ship.
In 1798, she took part in the Expedition of Egypt, and in the Battle of the Nile. She attempted to reinforce the crew of Tonnant by sending 150 men of her own crew. The next night, 1 August 1798 HMS Orion sank Sérieuse. Alternatively, on 2 August, her crew scuttled her to prevent the British capturing her.
Citations and references
- Wifield and Roberts (2015), p.125.
- The London Gazette: . 17 January 1794.
- Winfield, Rif & Stephen S Roberts (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786 - 1861: Design Construction, Careers and Fates. (Seaforth Publishing). ISBN 9781848322042