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
|Launched:||28 May 1791|
|Captured:||29 August 1793|
|Fate:||prison hulk in Portsmouth in 1816|
|Class and type:||Téméraire ship of the line|
|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|
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, 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.
Citations and notes
- pp.15-20, Howard