French frigate Franchise (1798)

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The Franchise ("truthfulnes") was a 40-gun Coquille class frigate of the French Navy.

In 1800, she sailed to South Atlantic to act as a commerce raider, along with the Concorde and Médée. While the two other frigates were captured off Rio de Janeiro, Franchise managed to return to France in the Action of 4 August 1800, running through the British blockade.

On 28 May 1803, she was catpured by HMS Minotaur, HMS Thunderer and HMS Albion. She was subsequently recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Franchise.

In British service, she captured the Spanish brig Raposa on 6 January 1806, and took part in the Battle of Copenhagen.

From 1808 to 1811, she escorted convoys in the Mediterranean.

In ordinary at Woolwich 1815.

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Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Franchise
Builder: Bayonne
Laid down: August 1794
Launched: 17 October 1797
In service: May 1798
Captured: 28 May 1803
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Franchise
Acquired: 28 May 1803
Fate: Broken up November 1815
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