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Concorde-class frigate

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Hermione in the Naval battle of Louisbourg, by Auguste-Louis de Rossel de Cercy
Class overview
Name: Concorde class
Builders: Rochefort
Planned: 3[1]
Completed: 4[note 1]
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 550 tonnes [2]
Length: 44.2 m (145.0 ft)[2]
Beam: 11.2 m (36.7 ft)[2]
Draught: 4.8 m (15.7 ft)[2]
Sail plan: Ship-rigged
Armour: Timber

The Concorde class was a type of 32-gun frigate of the French Navy, designed by Henri Chevillard,[a][3] carrying 12-pounder long guns as their main armament. Three ships of this type were built between 1778 and 1779, and served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars.

The class is noteworthy for comprising a fourth unit, Hermione (2014), laid down in 1997 and launched in 2014; she is a replica ship of Hermione (1779), famous for ferrying General Lafayette and for her role in the Naval battle of Louisbourg under the command of Lieutenant de Latouche, who would rise to become Vice-admiral Latouche-Tréville.


Builder: Rochefort[2]
Begun: April 1777[2]
Launched: 3 September 1777[2]
Completed: January 1778[2]
Fate: Captured by the Royal Navy on 15 February 1783.[2] Sold on 21 February 1811.
Builder: Rochefort [4]
Begun: September 1777 [4]
Launched: 28 February 1778 [4]
Completed: April 1778 [4]
Fate: Captured by HMS Centaur in the Action of 18 June 1799
Builder: Rochefort[5]
Begun: March 1778[4]
Launched: 28 April 1779[4]
Completed: June 1779[4]
Fate: Ran aground and wrecked due to a navigation error of her pilot at Croisic on 20 September 1793[4]
Builder: Rochefort
Begun: 1997
Launched: 2012

Notes and references


  1. ^ one is a replica built between 1997 and 2012


  1. ^ Roche, p.496
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Roche, p.123
  3. ^ Winfield. British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792. p. 213.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Roche, p.131
  5. ^ Roche, p.141


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours. 1. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.
  • Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-295-X.
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