Nominal Guns32EWIKI
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1793EWIKI
How acquiredPurpose builtEWIKI
ShipyardLe Havre - Normandy EWIKI
Ship ClassUnité classEWIKI
Designed byPierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)EWIKI
ConstructorJean FouacheEWIKI
CategorySixth RateEWIKI
Ship TypeCorvette EWIKI
Sailing RigShip RiggedEWIKI
BecomesBritish Sixth Rate frigate 'Surprise' (1796) (28)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck126' 0"Imperial Feet38.4048 
Length of Keel108' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet32.9248 
Breadth31' 8"Imperial Feet9.652 
Depth in Hold10' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.0607 
Burthen578 7394Tons BM 


16.1.1794Broadside Weight = 112 French Livre (120.8704 lbs 54.824 kg)EWIKI
Gun Deck24 French 8-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle8 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
20.4.1796218 BG

Service History

20.4.1796Taken by Inconstant (36) at BomaBG

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, May 28, 1796.

Copy of a letter from Captain Thomas Fremantle, of His Majesty's Ship Inconstant, to Evan Nepean,Esq; dated off Bastia, April 27, 1796
SIR, i have the honor of inclosing, for the information of their Lordships, the copy of a letter from me to Sir John Jervis, Knight of the Bath.
I am, &c. &c. THO. F. FREMANTLE.
lnconstant, at Sea, April 23, 1796.
SIR, I Have the honor to inform you, that on the 19th, cruizing near Tunis, 1 received an account that a French Frigate had been seen off Cape Mabera, near Bon; I therefore made sail for that place and on the evening of  the 20th, perceived a ship under French Colours at anchor on the coast, which I came to, by, and directed to strike ; this was prudently compiled with: She is called L'Unite, a Corvette of 34 gun and 218 men. The crew had made an attempt to let her on fire, but by the exertions of Lieutenant Hutchinson it was soon extinguished: Had the ship been of equal Force with the Inconstant, I have every Reason to believe it would have afforded me a further proof of the spirit and steadiness of every officer and person on board the ship 1 command,

I am, &C. Sec.


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