French frigate Volontaire (1796)
|Laid down:||September 1794|
|Launched:||7 June 1796|
|Fate:||Captured by the British Navy on 4 March 1806, becoming HMS Volontaire|
|Class and type:||Virginie class frigate|
|Length:||47.4 m (156 ft)|
|Beam:||11.9 m (39 ft)|
|Draught:||5.5 m (18 ft)|
She took part in the Atlantic campaign of 1806 and was captured by HMS Diadem on 4 March 1806. She sailed into Table Bay, unaware that the British had captured Cape Town. HMS Diadem, flying a Dutch flag, came alongside. When Diadem ran up the British flag, Volontaire surrendered.[Note 1]
On 21 March Volontaire sailed as escort to 17 transports in a convoy to Great Britain carrying invalids and Dutch prisoners.
Volontaire was broken up in February 1826.
Notes, citations, and references
- In July 1810 there was a distribution of money for the capture of two French vessels taken at the Cape of Good Hope, Rolla on 21 February and Volontaire on 4 March: A petty officer's share of the prize money for Volontaire was £6 5s 0½d; an able seaman's share was £1 11s 6d. For Rolla the amounts were 15s 0½d and 3s 10d.