French ship Pompée (1793)

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Scale model of Achille, sister-ship of Pompée, on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris
Career (France) French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign
Name: Pompée
Namesake: Pompey
Builder: Toulon shipyard
Laid down: 1790
Launched: 28 May 1791
Commissioned: February 1793
Captured: 29 August 1793
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Pompee
Acquired: 1793
Fate: prison hulk in Portsmouth in 1816
General characteristics
Class and type: Téméraire ship of the line
Displacement: 2900 tonnes
Length: 55.87 metres (172 French feet)
Beam: 14.90 metres (44' 6)
Draught: 7.26 metres (22 French feet)
Propulsion: Up to 2485 m² (26,750 ft2) of sail
Complement: 3 officers + 690 men

74 guns:

Armour: Timber

Pompée was a Téméraire-class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

During the Siege of Toulon, Captain Poulain, her commanding officer, joined the British. She fled Toulon when the city fell to the French Republicans and sailed to Britain.

She was commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Pompee. Under Captain Charles Stirling, she fought at the Battle of Algeciras Bay. In 1807 the ship, under the command of Captain Richard Dacres served in the Mediterranean squadron under Rear-Admiral Sir Sydney Smith,[1] as part of the Vice-Admiral Duckworth's Dardanelles Operation and later the Alexandria expedition of 1807.

In late 1808 the Pompée was in the Caribbean, and took part in the attack on Martinique in January 1809

She later captured her sister-ship Hautpoul and the brig Pylade on 5 November 1813.

She was eventually used as a prison hulk in Portsmouth.

The acquisition of Pompée allowed the British to design a copy of the Téméraire class, the Pompée class.

Citations and notes

  1. pp.15-20, Howard


  • Howard, Edward, Memoires of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith, K.C. B., & c., Volume 2, Adamant Media Corporation, 2003
  • Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1861762461.