HMS Atalante (1797)
|Completed:||By April 1794|
|Captured:||10 January 1797, by the Royal Navy|
|Acquired:||10 January 1797|
|Fate:||Wrecked on 1 February 1807|
|Class and type:||16-gun brig-sloop|
|Tons burthen:||309 80/94 bm|
99 ft (30.2 m) (overall)|
78 ft 8 in (24.0 m) (keel)
|Beam:||27 ft 8 in (8.4 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft 2.25 in (3.71 m)|
HMS Atalante was an 16-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was formerly the French Atalante, captured in 1797. She served with the British during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and was wrecked in 1807.
French service and capture
Atalante was a brig built at Bayonne between 1793 and 1794 to a design by Raymond-Antoine Haran. She was launched in January 1794 as the only ship built to her design. After only three years in service with the French, she was captured off the Scilly Isles on 10 January 1797 by HMS Phoebe. She was taken back to Portsmouth and registered there, before being sent on to Plymouth to be fitted out between June and September 1798.
Atalante was commissioned under Commander Digby Dent in July 1798, but was paid off in October that year. Recommissioned in December, this time under Commander Anselm Griffiths, she went on to have a particularly successful career against French privateers.
Griffiths was succeeded by Commander Joseph Masefield in May 1802, and operated out of Portland. Atalante was recommissioned in January 1803 for service with the Channel Fleet, and on 9 October 1803 her boats destroyed a brig in Quiberon Bay.
She was assigned to the squadron under Sir Samuel Hood on 25 September 1806, and in 1807 Lieutenant John Bowker took over command in an acting capacity. His time in command was short-lived.
- Winfield. British Warships of the Age of Sail 1794-1817. p. 269.
- Colledge. Ships of the Royal Navy. p. 24.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: the complete record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham. ISBN 9781861762818. OCLC 67375475.
- Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1794–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1861762461.