Le Curieux

Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityRépublique française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1799BWAS-1793
First Commissioned20.2.1801FWAS1786
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCurieux ClassFWAS1786
Designed byFrançois Timothée Benjamin Pestel (1763-1828)BWAS-1793
ConstructorFrançois Timothée Benjamin Pestel (1763-1828)FWAS1786
Ship TypeBrig BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
BecomesBritish sloop 'Curieux' (1804) (18)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentFWAS1786
Length of Gundeck86' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)27.9328 (91′ 7″ Imperial)
Length of Keel72' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)23.3856 (76′ 8″ Imperial)
Breadth26' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.4448 (27′ 8″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold13' 2"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.2404 (13′ 10″ Imperial)
Burthen158French Tonneaux155.661 


4.2.1804Broadside Weight = 48 French Livre (51.8016 lbs 23.496 kg)W005
Gun Deck16 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.2.180470Crew when capturedW005

1 Commanding Officer

1800 - 4.2.1804Capitaine de FrégateJoseph-Marie-Emmanuel CordierW005

2 Commissioned Officers

1800 - 4.2.1804Enseigne de VaisseauJean-Joseph-Maurice JolyW0051800 - 4.2.1804Lieutenant de FrégateLouis-Ange CheminantW005

Service History

3.2.1804Capture of the Curieux
4.2.1804Taken by Centaur (74) cut out at Port Royal

Notes on Ship

On the evening of the 3d of February four boats, containing 60 seamen and 12 marines, under the orders of Lieutenant [Robert Carthew Reynolds], of the Centaur, then at her old station off the Diamond, were detached to attempt the capture of the French brig-corvette Curieux, Capitaine de frégate [Joseph-Marie-Emmanuel Cordier], of 16 long 6-pounders and (supposed to have been about 100, but with only, as admitted) 70 men, lying at anchor close under Fort-Edouard at the entrance of the Carénage, Fort-Royal harbour, Martinique, victualled for three months, and all ready for a start to sea. Although the suspicion that an attack might be made by a part of the blockading force had led to every commendable precaution to prevent surprise ; such as, loading the carriage-guns with grape, and the swivels (of which there were eight) and wall-pieces with musket-balls, spreading on the quarterdeck and in the arm-chest the muskets, sabres, pistols, tomahawks, and pikes, filling the cartouch-boxes, pl


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
FWAS1786French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861Rif Winfield & Stephen S RobertsBook
W005Naval History of Great Britain Volume 2 from 1793 to the accession of Georges IVWilliam JamesWeb Site

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