French frigate Rubis (1812)

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Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Rubis
Namesake: Ruby
Builder: Nantes
Launched: 1811
Fate: Burnt
General characteristics
Class and type: Pallas class
Length: 46.93 metres
Beam: 11.91 metres
Draught: 5.9 metres
Propulsion: 1950 m² of Sail
Complement: 326

The Rubis was a Pallas class 40-gun frigate of the French Navy.


On 25 November 1812, under Commander Ollivier, Rubis sailed from Nantes along with Aréthuse (Captain Pierre Bouvet) to intercept British trade off West Africa. In January, having captured a Portuguese ship, La Serra, they reached Cap-Vert.[1]

On 27 January 1813, Aréthuse intercepted the brig HMS Daring (Lieutenant Pascoe) off Tamara. Released prisonners reported the presence of the French frigates, prompting the departure of HMS Amelia (Captain Frederick Paul Irby).

On 5 February, as Rubis departed her anchorage at Loss Islands after unloading the prize, she struck a rock and was disabled. Aréthuse anchored to the North of Rubis and prepared to intercept English trade.

On 6 February, Aréthuse returned after a furious battle with HMS Amelia, and attempted to refloat Rubis. These efforts were fruitless, and Rubis was eventually burnt on 8 February, her crew transferring to the prize La Serra[2].


  1. William James , The Naval History of Great Britain from the declaration of war by France in February 1793 to the accession of George IV in January 1820 : with an account of the origin and progressive increase of the British Navy (New edition in Six volumes), Volume VI, pp183-190, R Bentley, London, 1837.
  2. Les bâtiments ayant porté le nom de Rubis