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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.

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Capture of Pomone, Engageante, and Babet
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Name: Engageante
Builder: Toulon dockyard (constructeur: Joseph Chapelle)
Laid down: October 1765
Launched: 27 September 1766
In service: April 1768
Captured: 23 April 1794
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: Engageante
Acquired: 23 April 1794
Fate: Broken up in May 1811
General characteristics [1][2]
Displacement: 1,010 tons (French)
Tons burthen: 930 7794 (bm)
Length: 45.5 m (149 ft)
Beam: 11.5 m (38 ft)
Draught: 4.7 m (15 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
  • French service: 190 (later 250)
  • British hospital ship:70
  • French service:
  • UD:26 × 12-pounder guns
  • QD/Fc: 6 × 6-pounder guns; 4 × 36-pounder obusiers added in 1794
  • British service: 8 × 4-pounder guns
Armour: Timber


French serviceEdit

Engageante was built in Toulon to a design by Jean-François Etienne. She was the sole ship of her class.[1]

From 1781, she took part in the American Revolutionary War, including the Hudson Bay Expedition in 1782.


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.[3] 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.[4]

British serviceEdit

She was subsequently recommissioned in the Royal Navy and registered as the hospital ship HMS Engageante on 27 July 1794.[1]

She was commissioned at Cork in February 1795 under Lieutenant William Fry. She served for a while as Vice-Admiral Robert Kingsmill's flagship.[1]

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.[1]

In June 1802 Glenmore escorted Engageante, Lieutenant Donocliff, to Plymouth. Engageante had been a hospital and then receiving ship at Cork.[5] Although it was expected that Engageante would be broken up at Plymouth,[5] that did not occur until 1811.


Engageante was broken up at Plymouth in May 1811.[1]

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Citations and referencesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Winfield (2008), p. 207.
  2. ^ Winfield and Roberts (2015), p. 123.
  3. ^ "No. 13646". The London Gazette. 28 April 1794. pp. 377–379.
  4. ^ The Naval and military magazine, Volume 3, p.256.
  5. ^ a b Naval Chronicle, Vol. 7, p.528.


  • 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

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