French frigate Embuscade (1790)

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Embuscade fighting HMS Boston.
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Name: Embuscade
Namesake: "Ambush"
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: 1788
Launched: 21 September 1789
In service: June 1790
Captured: 12 October 1798
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ambuscade
Acquired: 12 October 1798
Renamed: HMS Seine in 1804
Fate: Broken up in 1813
General characteristics
Displacement: 560 tonnes
Length: 44 metres (144 ft 4 in)
Beam: 11.2 metres (36 ft 9 in)
Draught: 5.7 metres (18 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 34 guns
Armour: Timber

The Embuscade ("Ambush") was a 32-gun frigate of the French Navy.

French service

In 1792, she escorted convoys to and from Martinique, and ferried Edmond-Charles Genêt to the USA. On 31 July 1793, she encountered and fought Boston at the Action of 31 July 1793.

With Van Stabel's squadron she took part in the Croisière du Grand Hiver.

Capture and British service

The British captured Embuscade during the Battle of Tory Island in 1797 and commissioned her into the Royal Navy as Ambuscade. In 1804 she was renamed HMS Seine, as the previous Ambuscade had been retaken and was recommissioned under her old name, and the previous Seine had just been lost.

On 27 May 1805, while under the command of Capt. D. Atkins, Seine captured the Spanish felucca Conception off Puerto Rico. Conception was armed with 2 guns and had a crew of 10 men.


Seine was broken up in 1813.


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