French frigate Favorite (1810)
Clorinde, sister-ship of Favorite
|Career (Kingdom of Italy)||Flag of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy|
|Out of service:||14 June 1810|
|Acquired:||14 June 1810|
|Struck:||12 March 1811|
|Class and type:||Pallas class|
|Propulsion:||1950 m² of Sail|
On 12 March 1811, Favorite, under Bernard Dubourdieu, led a frigate squadron to raid the British commerce raider base of the island of Lissa. The squadron encountered William Hoste's frigate squadron, leading to the Battle of Lissa.
In the ensuing fight, Favorite attempted to board the British flagship HMS Amphion, distancing the rest of her squadron. As the two ships neared, Amphion discharged a howitzer full of bullets which put a large number of men out of action. Dubourdieu himself was killed at 9:10. Favorite's first officer and second officers were killed as they attempted again to board Amphion. As she sailed around Amphion in an attempt to rake her and take her in a crossfire with the other French frigates, Favorite was out-manoeuvred and ran aground.
Her crew destroyed set her on fire, and she exploded as the battle was still ongoing. Led by colonel Gifflinga, the crew of Favorite captured a coastal boat at Port St George which they used to flee to Lessina.
- (French) BATAILLE DE LISSA