French ship Scipion (1798)
Scale model of the Achille, sister-ship of the Scipion
|Captured:||4 November 1805, by Royal Navy|
|Acquired:||3 November 1805|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1819|
|Class and type:||Téméraire class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1884 tons|
|Length:||182 ft 6 in (55.63 m) (gun deck length)|
|Beam:||48 ft 8 in (14.83 m)|
|Depth of hold:||20 ft 4 in (6.20 m)|
She was first commissioned in 1802 and joined the French Mediterranean fleet based at Toulon, in the squadron of Admiral Leissègues. Consequently she was one of the ships ships afloat in that port when war with England reopened in May 1803.
Dumanoir commanded the six ship vanguard of the French fleet, with Formidable, Scipion, Duguay-Trouin, Mont-Blanc, Intrépide and Neptune. Nelson's attacks left these ships downwind of the main confrontation and Dumanoir did not immediately obey Villeneuve's orders to return to the battle. When the ships did turn back, most of them only exchanged a few shots before retiring.
On 4 November 1805, British Admiral Sir Richard Strachan, with Caesar, Hero, Courageux, Namur and four frigates, defeated and captured what remained of the squadron. HMS Phoenix and HMS Révolutionnaire took Scipion, which the Royal Navy commissioned as HMS Scipion.
Scipion arrived in Plymouth on 4 November 1805 and was laid up. She underwent repairs between June 1808 and November 1809, being commissioned under for the Channel in July 1809. Capt. Charles Phillips Butler Bateman took command on 25 September 1809.
On 8 October she sailed for the Cape of Good Hope and then the East Indies. In 1811 Capt. James Johnson took command. Stopford's fleet consisted of four sail of the line (including Scipion), thirteen frigates, seven sloops and eight cruisers of the East India Company, captured the island of Java on 18 September 1811. In 1847, the surviving members of the expedition were awarded the Naval General Service Medal with clasp "JAVA".
Capt. Henry Hearthcote took command on 28 April 1812. He then sailed Scipion for the Mediterranean on 20 July 1812. Here she participated in the blockade of Toulon, including Admiral Edward Pellew's skirmish with the French fleet on 5 November 1813.
Scipion was paid off at Portsmouth on 29 October 1814. She underwent a Middling Repair in September 1818, but then was broken up in January 1819.
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- Winfield (2008), p.87-8.
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