French frigate Engageante (1766)
Engageante was a 26-gun frigate of the French Navy, only ship of her class, built to a design by Jean-François Etienne. The British captured her in 1794 and converted her to a hospital ship. She served as a hospital ship until she was broken up in 1811.
Capture of Pomone, Engageante, and Babet
|Builder:||Toulon dockyard (constructeur: Joseph Chapelle)|
|Laid down:||October 1765|
|Launched:||27 September 1766|
|In service:||April 1768|
|Captured:||23 April 1794|
|Acquired:||23 April 1794|
|Fate:||Broken up in May 1811|
|General characteristics |
|Displacement:||1,010 tons (French)|
|Tons burthen:||930 77⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||45.5 m (149 ft)|
|Beam:||11.5 m (38 ft)|
|Draught:||4.7 m (15 ft)|
Engageante was built in Toulon to a design by Jean-François Etienne. She was the sole ship of her class.
She was captured, along with Pomone and Babet, off the Île de Batz during the Action of 23 April 1794. Her captor was HMS Concorde. On Engageante 30 to 40 men were killed or wounded. On Concorde one man was killed and 12 were wounded. In the evening after the action Engageante's masts fell overboard, and Concorde's masts were kept upright only with great difficulty.
In 1796 Lieutenant Henry Parker replaced Fry, but drowned in January 1797. In 1798 Fry returned to command, but he died in 1801. In 1801 Lieutenant Barrington Mansfield assumed command, only to die within the year.
In June 1802 Glenmore escorted Engageante, Lieutenant Donocliff, to Plymouth. Engageante had been a hospital and then receiving ship at Cork. Although it was expected that Engageante would be broken up at Plymouth, that did not occur until 1811.
Engageante was broken up at Plymouth in May 1811.
Citations and referencesEdit
- Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.[page needed]
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
- Winfield, Rif & Stephen S Roberts (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786 - 1861: Design Construction, Careers and Fates. (Seaforth Publishing). ISBN 9781848322042