French frigate Aréthuse (1792)

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Career (Kingdom of France) French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign
Name: Aréthuse
Namesake: Arethusa (mythology)
Builder: Brest
Laid down: 14 March 1789
Launched: 3 March 1791
Captured: by royalist rioters, 29 August 1793
Fate: Captured
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign

HMS Arethusa

HMS Undaunted
Acquired: 19 September 1793
Fate: Wrecked, August 1796
General characteristics
Displacement: 790 tonnes
Length: 46.2 metres
Beam: 11.9 metres
Draught: 5.5 metres
Propulsion: Sails
Armament: 40 guns

The Aréthuse was a 40-gun frigate of the French Navy, built from 1789 following plans by Ozanne.

Launched on 3 March 1791, Aréthuse served in the Mediterranean under captain Pierre René Bouvet.

During the Siege of Toulon, she was surrendered to the British by Royalist rioters. She escaped to Portoferraio at the fall of the city, and was brough into Royal Navy service as HMS Arethusa.

In 1795, she was renamed HMS Undaunted.

In August 1796, under Robert Winthorp, she was wrecked at Morant Keys in the West Indies[1].

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