La Diane

Nominal Guns40BWAS-1793
NationalityRépublique française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1794BWAS-1793
First Commissioned3.1796BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardToulon - Provence BWAS-1793
Designed byPierre-Joseph Pénétreau (1758-1813)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Niobe' (1800) (38)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck155' 10"Imperial Feet47.244 
Length of Keel129' 6 ⅞"Imperial Feet39.3414 
Breadth40' 8 ½"Imperial Feet12.2047 
Depth in Hold12' 7"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen1,142 1594Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
24.8.1800114The remainder were left to support the garrison of La Vallette.JF1800

1 Commanding Officer

5.1798 - 3.1799Capitaine de FrégateÉléonor Jean Nicolas Soleil (1767-1824)FWIKI

1 Flag Officer

4.1798 - 1799Contre-AmiralDenis Decrés (1761-1820)FWIKI

Service History

1.8.1798Battle of the Nile

Sailed from La Valette, Malta in company with Justice

25.8.1800Taken by Genereux (74) off Malta
25.8.1800Taken by Northumberland (74) off Malta
25.8.1800Taken by Success (32) off Malta


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
JF1800A Journal of the Forces which sailed form the Downs, April 1800Aeneas AndersonWeb Site
FWIKIWikipedia - FranceVariousWeb Site

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