French frigate Uranie (1788)

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Uranie vs HMS Thames.png
The Action of 24 October 1793 between Uranie and HMS Thames
French Navy EnsignFrance
Name: Uranie
Namesake: Urania; Jean-François Tartu
Launched: 1788
Renamed: Tartu
Captured: 5 January 1797
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: Uranie
Acquired: 5 January 1797
Out of service: 1807
General characteristics
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 40 × 18-pounder guns

Uranie was a frigate of the French Navy launched in 1788. She took part in a frigate action in 1793, capturing HMS Thames, and was renamed Tartu in honour of her captain, Jean-François Tartu, who was killed in the action. The Royal Navy captured her in 1797. She served as HMS Uranie until the Royal Navy sold her in 1807.

French service[edit]

At the Action of 24 October 1793, under Jean-François Tartu, she engaged HMS Thames, which she reduced to a hulk before disengaging. Tartu was killed; he was hailed as a hero, and Uranie was renamed Tartu in his honour.

British service[edit]

On 5 January 1797, she was captured by HMS Polyphemus, and subsequently brought into British service as HMS Uranie.

On 28 July 1800, Uranie captured the French privateer schooner Revanche, which was armed with fourteen 6-pounder guns and had a crew of 80 men. Revanche was 19 days out of Vigo and had already captured and sent in the English brig Marcus, a Portuguese ship, and a Spanish brig that had been a prize to Minerve.[1] Sirius shared in the capture.[2]

In 1807, she detected Manche, but failed to engage. Complaints by her crew led to the court martial of the captain for "failure to do his utmost to bring the enemy's frigate to action".[3]


  1. ^ "No. 15285". The London Gazette. 16 August 1800. p. 935. 
  2. ^ "No. 15415". The London Gazette. 6 October 1801. p. 1231. 
  3. ^ "HMS Uranie". Naval Database. Retrieved 2011-07-10.