La Proserpine

Nominal Guns38NNF-1774
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down12.1784BWAS-1793
First Commissioned8.1785NNF-1774
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassHébé ClassNNF-1774
Designed by Jacques-Noël Sané (1740-1831)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1774
National RateQuatrième RangNNF-1774
Ship TypeFrigate NNF-1774
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1774
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Amelia' (1796) (38)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck151' 4"Imperial Feet46.0268 
Length of Keel126' 1 ⅜"Imperial Feet38.4143 
Breadth39' 8 ⅞"Imperial Feet11.9094 
Depth in Hold12' 6 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen1,059 3594Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck129' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)41.8992 (137′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Gundeck142' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)46.1255 (151′ 3″ Imperial)
Breadth39' 11"French Feet (Pied du Roi)12.6702 (41′ 6″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold19' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.1712 (20′ 2″ Imperial)


8.1785Broadside Weight = 274 French Livre (295.7008 lbs 134.123 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle10 French 8-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 346 French Livre (373.4032 lbs 169.367 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle4 French 36-Pounder Obusier
Quarterdeck/Forecastle10 French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1781350Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders

1788Capitaine de Frégate Destourel6.1795 - 6.1796Capitaine de Vaisseau de Troisième Classe François Henri Eugène Augier (1764-1834)002

1 Flag Officer

1795Capitaine de Vaisseau Étienne Eustache Bruix (1759-1805)ref:1275

1 Commissioned Officer

16.1791 - 11.1791Lieutenant de Frégate Esprit-Tranquille Maistral (1763-1815)002

Service History

1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
16.6.1795First Battle of Groix
20.3.1796Action off Pointe du Raz
13.6.1796Taken by Dryad (36)


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