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La Sémillante

28501
Nominal Guns60FWAS1786
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorState Navy
Ordered11.12.1826FWAS1786
Keel Laid Down19.3.1827FWAS1786
Named11.12.1826FWAS1786
Launched2.2.1841FWAS1786
First Commissioned6.2.1841FWAS1786
How acquiredPurpose builtFWAS1786
ShipyardLorient Dockyard - Lorient FWAS1786
Ship ClassSurveillante Class (1823)FWAS1786
Designed by
Mathurin François BoucherFrench
Naval Sailor
Privateer
Ship Builder
Service 1794-1851
FWAS1786
CategoryFourth RateFWAS1786
National RatePremier RangFWAS1786
Ship TypeFrigateFWAS1786
Sailing RigShip RiggedFWAS1786
Wrecked15.2.1855FWAS1786

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:1119
Length of Gundeck54.40Meters178′ 5″ Imperial
Breadth14.50Meters47′ 6″ Imperial
Depth in Hold3.80Meters12′ 5″ Imperial
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:1123
Length of Gundeck54.40Meters178′ 5″ Imperial
Breadth14.10Meters46′ 3″ Imperial
Depth in Hold7.00Meters22′ 11″ Imperial
Draught Forward6.09Meters19′ 11″ Imperial
Draught Aft6.59Meters21′ 7″ Imperial

Armament


2.2.1841Broadside Weight = 888 French Livre (958.3296 lbs 434.676 kg)FWAS1786
Upper Gun Deck30 French 30-Pounder
Quarterdeck28 French 30-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 French 18-Pounder

6.2.1841Broadside Weight = 888 French Livre (958.3296 lbs 434.676 kg)FWAS1786
Upper Gun Deck30 French 30-Pounder
Quarterdeck28 French 30-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 French 18-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.2.1841300Design ComplementFWAS1786
14.2.1855301and more than 392 Infantery Menref:673

1 Ship Commander


DatesRankNameSource
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Capitaine de Frégate
Gabriel Auguste JuganFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1823-1855
† , identified body
ref:673

6 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Lieutenant de Vaisseau de Première Classe
Jean Joseph Marie BernardFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1855
† , capitaine en second
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Lieutenant de Vaisseau de Première Classe
Jean Laurent DenansFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1855
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Commissaire de La Marine
Etienne-Hypolyte Le NobleFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1855
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Chirurgien de Seconde Classe
Jean-Marie-Theophile Le BosFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1847-1855
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Chirurgien Auxiliaire de Troisième Classe
BertonFrench
Naval Sailor
Medic
Service 1855
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Aumonier Auxiliaire de Seconde Classe
Joseph CarrieresFrench
Naval Sailor
Clergyman
Service 1855
† , identified body
ref:631

3 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Enseigne de Vaisseau
François Eugène La PrairieFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1855
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Enseigne de Vaisseau
Ernest Adolphe LahalleFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1855
ref:631
bef.14.2.1855 - 15.2.1855Enseigne de Vaisseau Auxiliaire de Première Classe
Michel Edmond JagouesFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1855
ref:631

Service History


DateEventSource
14.2.1855Sailed from Toulon ref:673
15.2.1855

She is caught in a violent storm off the coast of Sardinia and her commander decides to pass through the mouths of Bonifacio , to the Lavezzi Islands , in an area of breakers and reefs . Pushed by a southerly gust , she struck a rocky shoal marked by a buoy at an estimated speed of 12 knots . Crushed by the shock , it sank to the bottom during the night of February 15 to 16, 1855 , lost body and goods .

Victims : from 700 to 750 , only Captain Jugan and the chaplain Carriere are identified .

The study of this storm and this shipwreck was the founding act in the creation of the first meteorological bulletins .

FWIKI

 

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