Sémillante-class frigate

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Combat naval pendant la quasi guerre.jpg
Naval encounter during the Quasi-War between Insurgente (right) and USS Constellation on 9 February 1799.
Class overview
Name: Sémillante
Preceded by: Félicité class
Succeeded by: Charente Inférieure class
Planned: 2
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Class and type: 32-gun, 12-pounder frigate
Tons burthen: 600 tonnes
Length: 45.47 metres (gundeck); 40.28 metres (keel)
Beam: 11.53 metres
Draught: 5.3 metres
Depth of hold: 5.66 metres
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Ship

The Sémillante class was a type of 12-pounder 32-gun frigate of the French Navy, designed by Pierre-Joseph Pénétreau.

Builder: Lorient
Ordered: 23 April 1790 (named)
Laid down: December 1790
Launched: 25 November 1791
Completed: May 1792
Fate: Given to Robert Surcouf at Mauritius in September 1808 and armed by him as a privateer, renamed Charles. Captured by the Royal Navy in December 1809 and broken up.
Builder: Lorient
Ordered: 3 September 1790
Laid down: 5 November 1791
Launched: 27 April 1793
Completed: June 1793
Fate: Captured by the US Navy off Nevis on 8 February 1799, recommissioned as USS Insurgent, but lost at sea in a hurricane in September 1800.


  • 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.