French frigate Loire (1797)

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Capture of Loire
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Loire
Builder: Nantes
Laid down: April 1794
Launched: 1795
In service: December 1797
Fate: Captured by HMS Kangaroo
on 20 October 1798
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Loire
Acquired: 17 December 1798
Fate: Broken up in 1816
General characteristics
Displacement: 700 tonnes
Length: 46.3 metres
Beam: 12 metres
Draught: 5.8 metres
Propulsion: Sail

44 guns:
26 18-pounders

12 8-pounders
Armour: Timber

The Loire was a 44-gun frigate of the French Navy.

French service

She took part in the Expédition d'Irlande, and in the Battle of Tory Island, where she battled HMS Kangaroo, HMS Robust and HMS Anson. On 17 October 1798, she was attacked again by HMS Mermaid, which she managed to repulse. The next day, she fought against HMS Kangaroo and HMS Anson, and struck after running out of ammunition.

British service

The Royal Navy recommissioned her as HMS Loire.

Loire, under the command of Captain Frederick Maitland, captured the Spanish ship Esperanza off Cape Finisterre. Esperanza was armed with 7 guns and 4 swivels, and had a crew of 50 men.

On 14 December 1805, along with HMS Egyptienne, she captured the French Libre, and took her in tow to Plymouth.


Loire was eventually broken up in 1816.

External links


  • The Naval History of Great Britain, 1793 - 1820, Volumes II and III, William James, R. Bentley, London, 1837.