Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1801BWAS-1793
First Commissioned4.1802BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardBasse-Indre - Nantes BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAlcion ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by Jean Michel Segondat (1779-1854)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeBrig BWAS-1793
BecomesBritish sloop 'Halcyon' (1803) (16)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck91' 6"Imperial Feet27.8892 
Length of Keel71' 4 ⅜"Imperial Feet21.6503 
Breadth28' 0"Imperial Feet8.5344 
Depth in Hold8' 0"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Burthen297 6994Tons BM 


1803Broadside Weight = 48 French Livre (51.8016 lbs 23.496 kg)BWAS-1817
Upper Gun Deck16 French 6-Pounder

1 Ship Commander

1803 - 8.7.1803Lieutenant de Frégate LacueeTRN5

Service History

8.7.1803On July 7th, the French brig Alcion, 16, Lieutenant Lacuee, was chased by the British frigate Narcissus (32) , 36, Captain Sir Ross Donnelly (1761-1840), off the west of Sardinia. The Alcion in vain attempted to shake her pursuer off, was overtaken, and at 2 A.M. on the 8th, after returning a few shots, struck her flag. She was apparently on her way back to Toulon from Alexandria, ignorant that war had broken out. As she was a fine vessel of her class, prodigiously fast, she was purchased for the Navy as the Halcyon.TRN5
8.7.1803Taken by Narcissus (32) off Sardinia


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