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The Hébé class was a class of six 38-gun (later 40-gun) frigates of the French Navy, designed in 1781 by Jacques-Noël Sané. The name ship of the class. Hébé, was also the basis for the British Leda-class frigates after the ship had been captured.
HMS Amelia, ex-Prosperine
|Builders:||Saint-Malo, Brest and Toulon|
|Preceded by:||Pourvoyeuse class|
|Succeeded by:||Danaé class|
|Length:||46.3 m (152 ft)|
|Beam:||11.9 m (39 ft)|
|Draught:||5.5 m (18 ft)|
Ships in classEdit
|Hébé||Saint Malo||December 1781||25 June 1782||August 1782||Captured by British Navy in the Action of 4 September 1782. The British took her into service and in 1805 renamed her HMS Blonde. Hébé became the model for the British Leda-class frigates, the first of which was HMS Leda. Hébé, therefore, has the rare distinction of being the model for both a French and a British frigate class.|
|Vénus||Brest||November 1781||14 July 1782||October 1782||Wrecked on 31 December 1788 in the Indian Ocean.|
|Dryade||Saint Malo||1782||3 February 1783||April 1783||Retired in 1796; condemned 16 November 1801 and taken to pieces.|
|Proserpine||Brest||December 1784||25 June 1785||August 1785||Captured by British Navy on 13 June 1796. The British took her into service as HMS Amelia.|
|Sibylle||Toulon||April 1790||30 July 1791||May 1792||Captured by British Navy on 17 June 1794. The British took her into service as HMS Sybille.|
|Carmagnole||La Motte, Brest||March 1792||22 May 1793||July 1793||Renamed Rassurante 30 May 1795, but reverted to Carmagnole 24 February 1798; wrecked in a storm at Vlissingen on 9 November 1800.|
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