French frigate Dédaigneuse (1799)

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The Dédaigneuse was a 40-gun Coquille class frigate of the French Navy.

On 30 December 1800, as she was taking political prisoners at Cayenne to bring them back to France under Captain Prevost Lacroix,, she spotted HMS Tamar, but to no avail. On 27 January, she encountered HMS Sirius, Amethyst and Immortalite, and was captured the next day. She was brought into Royal Navy service as HMS Dedaigneuse. [1]

She cruised in the Indian Ocean, unsuccessfully chasing Sémillante on 21 November 1806.

Dedaigneuse was eventually sold in April 1823.


  • Dictionnaire de la flotte de guerre française, Jean-Michel Roche.

Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Dédaigneuse
Fate: Broken up
General characteristics
Class and type: Coquille class frigate
Tons burthen: 898 bm
Length: 42.8 metres
Beam: 11.4 metres
Draught: 5.3 metres
Depth of hold: 3.6 metres
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Ship

40 guns