HMS Bellona (1806)
Capture of Lord Nelson on 14 August 1803.
|Captured:||On 9 July 1806 by the Royal Navy|
|Acquired:||Captured on 9 July 1806|
|Renamed:||HMS Blanche in February 1808|
|Fate:||Broken up in 1814|
|Class and type:||28-gun sixth rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||642 85⁄94 bm|
|Beam:||33 ft 7 in (10.24 m)|
|Depth of hold:||11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
Bellone was a French privateer frigate that cruised under Jacques François Perroud and achieved fame with the capture of large East Indiaman Lord Nelson on 14 August 1803. HMS Powerful captured her during the Action of 9 July 1806. The British Royal Navy took her into service as HMS Bellona. Later, the Nay renamed her HMS Blanche. She was broken up in 1814.
In April 1801 she sailed on a cruize under the command of Jacques François Perroud. On his cruise he captured Amboina, Porcher, Tay, Saleh, John, Traveed, Farquhar, Mage, Pedro, and Farquhar. On 3 April 1802 she returned to Port Louis. Farquhar had arrived the day before. Farquhar had a cargo of saltpetre, rice, cotton, sugar, indigo, Madeira wine, and muslin.
On 9 August 1803, Bellone captured Diamond as Diamond was returning to England after having delivered slaves to Havana. However, HMS Goliath recaptured Diamond on 12 August and sent her into The Downs.
In the Action of 9 July 1806, the 74-gun ship of the line HMS Powerful attacked Bellone. She attempted to flee for almost two hours, trading shots with the much more potent opponent, before striking her colours. Perroud was commended for his spirited defence against overwhelming odds; William James, notably, described Perroud's actions as "extraordinary".
Bellona was renamed HMS Blanche in 1809.
On 26 July or August 1810, Blanche captured the French privateer Confiance.
Blanche was disposed of and broken up in 1814.
Citations and references
- Demerliac, Alain (2004). La Marine du Consulat et du Premier Empire: Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1800 A 1815 (in French). Éditions Ancre. ISBN 2-903179-30-1.
- James, William (2002) . The Naval History of Great Britain, Volume 4, 1805–1807. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-908-5.
- Piat, Denis (trans: Mervyn North-Coombes) (2007) Pirates and Corsairs in Mauritius. (Christian le Comte). ISBN 978-99949-905-3-5