La Minerve

Nominal Guns42NNF-1774
NationalityRépublique française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down1791NNF-1774
First Commissioned10.1794
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1774
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassJunon Class
Designed byJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
ConstructorJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1774
National RateQuatrième Rang
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Minerve' (1795) (38)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck142' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)46.1216 (151′ 3″ Imperial)
Length of Keel128' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)41.5744 (136′ 4″ Imperial)
Breadth36' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.6928 (38′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold18' 9"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.8464 (19′ 2″ Imperial)


10.1794Broadside Weight = 336 French Livre (362.6112 lbs 164.472 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck28 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle2 French 36-Pounder Obusier
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.1794335 NNF-1774
26.4.1795318 TRN4

2 Commanding Officers

10.1794 - 26.4.1795Capitaine de Frégate DelormeTRN41795Capitaine de Frégate DelormeEWIKI

Service History

10.1794Completed at ToulonBWAS-1793
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
26.4.1795Captured by Lowestoffe and Dido in the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
24.6.1795Action of 1795-06-24
24.6.1795Taken by Lowestoffe (32) off Minorca, Dido (28) off Minorca
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres


NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Vol Williams on Sunday 29th of December 2013 01:53

I believe this paticular Minerve was a 40 gun frigate, not as 38 class.

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