List of French steam frigates

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This is a comprehensive list of 19th-century French steam-driven (or steam-assisted) frigates - both paddle-driven and screw-propelled varieties - of the period 1841 to 1860 (including wooden-hulled frigates commenced before but launched after 1860), after which the wooden-hulled frigate merged into the evolving cruiser category.

Paddle frigates[edit]

  • Gomer class, 20 guns
    • Gomer, launched 19 July 1841 at Rochefort
    • Asmodée, launched 20 October 1841 at Rochefort
  • Converted paddle packets
    • Darien (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.1), 14, launched 6 October 1842 at Cherbourg
    • Ulloa (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.2), 14, launched 8 August 1842 at Cherbourg
    • Canada (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.3), 14, launched 15 March 1843 at Brest
    • Christophe Colomb (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.4), 16, launched 15 March 1843 at Brest
    • Magellan (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.5), 14, launched 15 May 1843 at Brest
    • Caraïbe (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.?6), 14, launched 2 December 1842 at Lorient - wrecked 11 January 1847
    • Cacique (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.?7), 14, launched 9 September 1843 at Lorient
    • Eldorado (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.?8), 14, launched 7 December 1843 at Lorient
    • Groenland (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.9), 14, launched 13 May 1843 at Rochefort - wrecked 26 August 1844
    • Montézuma (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.10), 14, launched 28 June 1843 at Rochefort – wrecked 27 July 1863, burnt 10 September 1863
    • Panama (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.11), 14, launched 21 November 1843 at Rochefort
    • Albatross (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.12), 14, launched 15 July 1844 at Rochefort
    • Labrador (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.13), 14, launched 7 August 1842 at Toulon
    • Orénoque (begun as Transatlantic Packetboat No.14), 14, launched 19 August 1843 at Toulon
  • Infernal, 8, launched 1 May 1843 at Rochefort
  • Descartes, 20, launched 5 March 1844 at Rochefort
  • Vauban, 20, launched 10 March 1845 at Lorient
  • Caffarelli, 20, launched 29 May 1847 at Brest
  • Sané, 20, launched 15 February 1847 at Cherbourg - wrecked 23 September 1859
  • Mogador, 8, launched 19 February 1848 at Rochefort

Screw frigates[edit]

  • Némésis
  • Isly, 40 guns, launched 19 July 1849 at Brest
  • Impératrice Eugénie class, 56 guns
  • Impetueuse class, 56 guns
  • Bellone, 36, converted from sail 1857-59 at Cherbourg
  • Clorinde, 36, converted from sail 1857
  • Danaé, 36, converted from sail 1857
  • Pandore, 36, converted from sail 1857
  • Pomone, 36, converted from sail 1845
  • Renommée, 40, converted from sail 1857
  • Zénobie, 36, converted from sail 1857
  • Sail frigates converted to steam on the stocks while building:
    • Astrée, 28, launched 24 December 1859 at Lorient
    • Guerrière, 34, launched 3 May 1860 at Brest
    • Pallas, 34, launched 15 August 1860 at Lorient
    • Hermione, 28, launched 15 August 1860 at Brest
    • Circé, 28, launched 15 October 1860 at Rochefort
    • Junon, 28, launched 28 January 1861 at Brest
    • Sémiramis, 34, launched 8 August 1861 at Rochefort
    • Victoire, 34, launched 21 August 1861 at Lorient
    • Magicienne, 28, launched 26 December 1861 at Toulon
    • Armorique, 22, launched 1 March 1862 at Lorient
    • Thémis, 28, launched 29 April 1862 at Toulon
    • Résolue, 22, launched 18 June 1863 at Cherbourg
    • Flore, 25, launched 27 February 1869 at Rochefort

See also[edit]

Sources and Bibliography[edit]

  • Demerliac, Alain: La Marine de la Restauration et de Louis-Philippe 1er: Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1815 a 1848. Éditions A.N.C.R.E., Nice, 2007.
  • Roche, Jean-Michel: Dictionnaire des Bâtiments de la Flotte de Guerre Française de Colbert a nos jours - Tome (Volume) I, 1781-1870. Self-publication, 2005.
  • Winfield, Rif and Roberts, Stephen (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-204-2.