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La Méduse

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Nominal Guns44NNF-1800
NationalityEmpire Français
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down11.1807NNF-1800
Launched1.7.1810NNF-1800
First Commissioned9.1810NNF-1800
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1800
ShipyardPaimboeuf - Brittany NNF-1800
Ship ClassPallas Class (1805)NNF-1800
Designed by
Jacques-Noël SanéFrench
Naval Sailor
Designer
Ship Builder
Administrator
Service 1758-1836
NNF-1800
Constructor
Mathurin CrucyFrench
Ship Builder
Service 1803-1809
NNF-1800
CategoryFifth RateNNF-1800
Ship TypeFrigateNNF-1800
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1800
Wrecked7.1816NNF-1800

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1800
Length of Gundeck46.93Meters153′ 11″ Imperial
Length of Keel42.41Meters139′ 1″ Imperial
Breadth11.91Meters39′ 0″ Imperial
Depth in Hold6.20Meters20′ 4″ Imperial
Burthen790Ton 

Armament


1.7.1810Broadside Weight = 428 French Livre (461.8976 lbs 209.506 kg)NNF-1800
Upper Gun Deck28 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle8 French 36-Pounder Carronade
Quarterdeck/Forecastle8 French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1805344Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
9.1810 - 22.12.1811Capitaine de Vaisseau
Joseph François RaoulFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1810-1811
FWIKI
bef.17.6.1816 - 5.7.1816Capitaine de Frégate
Hugues Duroy de ChaumareysFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1816-1817
ref:631

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
11.7.1811 - 22.12.1811Lieutenant de Vaisseau
Claude Henry Dupuy de LômeFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1811
ref:673
1814Chirurgien de Première Classe
Louis Martial Le PrédourFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Medic
Service 1802-1852
ref:673

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
9.1810 - 10.7.1811Enseigne de Vaisseau
Claude Henry Dupuy de LômeFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1811
ref:673

Service History


DateEventSource
4.8.1811Chase off Java
22.12.1811Arrived in BrestTRN5
17.6.1816Sailed from Île-d'Aix ref:631
2.7.1816

The commander of Méduse is a noble royalist who has hardly sailed since the Ancien Régime . He begins the crossing by distancing himself from the other ships , which are slower than his own , and thus finds himself isolated . Not listening to the opinions of his officers who hate him (like the former Napoleonic soldiers on board and whom the monarchy is trying to get rid of) , he gives full confidence to a man named Richefort , a passenger claiming to have already traveled the area . He made a mistake in his estimate of the ship's position in relation to the Banc d'Arguin , an obstacle known to navigators .
Instead of circumventing it by passing offshore as his instructions indicate , he skimmed the shoals , until the inevitable happened on July 2 around 3 P.M .

The frigate ran aground on a sandbank a dozen leagues (60 kilometers) from the coast .

ref:631


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
bef.17.6.1816-aft.17.7.1816Division for Saint-Louis , Senegal
Hugues Duroy de ChaumareysFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1816-1817
 
 

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