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French frigate Volontaire (1796)

Volontaire was a 40-gun Virginie class frigate of the French Navy.

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Name: Volontaire
Builder: Bordeaux
Laid down: September 1794
Launched: 7 June 1796
Fate: Captured by the British Navy on 4 March 1806, becoming HMS Volontaire
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginie class frigate
Displacement: 720 tonnes
Length: 47.4 m (156 ft)
Beam: 11.9 m (39 ft)
Draught: 5.5 m (18 ft)
Armament: 44 guns
Armour: Timber

On 20 November 1798, along with Insurgente, Volontaire, under Captain Laurent, captured the 14-gun corvette USS Retaliation.[1]

She took part in the Atlantic campaign of 1806 and was captured by HMS Diadem on 4 March 1806.[2] She sailed into Table Bay, unaware that the British had captured Cape Town. HMS Diadem, flying a Dutch flag, came alongside. When Diadem ran up the British flag, Volontaire surrendered.[Note 1]

The Royal Navy took her into service as HMS Volontaire. Captain Josceline Percy commissioned her and sailed her to St Helena. There he took charge of a convoy for England.


Volontaire was broken up in February 1826.

Notes, citations, and referencesEdit


  1. ^ In July 1810 there was a distribution of money for the capture of two French vessels taken at the Cape of Good Hope, Rolla on 21 February and Volontaire on 4 March: A petty officer's share of the prize money for Volontaire was £6 5sd; an able seaman's share was £1 11s 6d. For Rolla the amounts were 15s 0½d and 3s 10d.[3]


  1. ^ Troude (1867), p. 168.
  2. ^ "No. 15919". The London Gazette. 13 May 1806. pp. 601–602. 
  3. ^ "No. 16387". The London Gazette. 14 July 1810. p. 1047.