La Bellone

5993
Nominal Guns32
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1.1778
Launched2.8.1778
First Commissioned2.1779
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany
Ship ClassIphigenie Class
Designed byLeon-Michel Guignance (1731-1805)
CategoryFifth Rate
National RateQuatrième Rang
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Captured12.10.1798
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Proserpine' (1798) (32)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck136' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.1728 (144′ 11″ Imperial)
Length of Keel120' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.976 (127′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth34' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.0838 (36′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5448 (18′ 2″ Imperial)
Laden Draught Aft16' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.1968 (17′ 0″ Imperial)
Laden Draught Forward15' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.872 (15′ 11″ Imperial)
Displacementc1,150Ton 
Burthen620Ton 

Armament


2.8.1778Broadside Weight = 174 French Livre (187.7808 lbs 85.173 kg)NNF-1774
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1777288Design Complement

1 Commanding Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1782 - 12.8.1782Capitaine de Frégatede Piervert (d.1782)TRN4

Service History


DateEventSource
3.1781Took the Cat Le Mouche
16.4.1781Battle of Porto Praya
14.2.1782Took the Sloop Chaser (18)
17.2.1782Battle of Sadras
12.4.1782Battle of Providien
6.7.17822nd Battle of Negapatam
12.8.1782Bellone vs Coventry
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
12.10.1798Battle of Tory Island
12.10.1798Taken by Anson (64) at the Battle of Tory Island
12.10.1798Taken by Ethalion (38) at the Battle of Tory Island


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
 

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