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La Valeureuse

Nominal Guns42E-WIKI
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down19.7.1797E-WIKI
First Commissioned25.5.1801E-WIKI
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy E-WIKI
Ship ClassValeureuse Classe variant Seine Class (1797)E-WIKI
CategoryFifth RateE-WIKI
National RateQuatrième Rang
Ship TypeFrigateE-WIKI
Sailing RigShip RiggedE-WIKI


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentE-WIKI
Length of Gundeck44.8Meters144′ 7″ Imperial
Length of Keel41.8Meters134′ 9″ Imperial
Laden Draught1341French Tonneaux1312.9567 


13.8.1798Broadside Weight = 372 French Livre (401.4624 lbs 182.094 kg)E-WIKI
Gun Deck28 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle4 French 36-Pounder Obusier
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 French 8-Pounder

Service History

14.12.1805Sailed from Brest E-WIKI

In August 1806, a storm caused "Valeureuse" to separate from the fleet . She took refuge on 31 August in Delaware Bay , where she arrived dismasted . "Valeureuse" was in such a bad state that she had to be sold .

On 24 October Lloyd's List reported that "Valeureuse "had gone into Philadelphia . She was condemned at Philadelphia , and was sold at Marcus Hook , Pennsylvania .


Notes on Ship

Fate of the crewE-WIKI

Her officers and crew, and stores were put aboard the American ship "George Washington" . On 15 January 1807, HMS Blanche intercepted "George Washington" off Bordeaux . The British found that she was carrying Captain Kargarian (Kergariou), the former commander of "Valeureuse" , and 306 of his officers and men, but no stores from "Valeureuse" . The British took the Frenchmen aboard Blanche as prisoners and then sent "George Washington" to England. "George Washington" arrived at Portsmouth on 2 February .


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