French frigate Vénus (1782)

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Proserpine, sister-ship of Vénus
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Vénus
Namesake: Venus
Builder: Brest
Laid down: November 1781
Launched: 14 July 1782
Commissioned: October 1782
Fate: wrecked on 31 December 1788 in the Indian Ocean
General characteristics
Class and type: Hébé class frigate
Displacement: 700 tonnes
Length: 46.3 metres
Beam: 11.9 metres
Draught: 5.5 metres
Complement: 297

26 long 18-pounder

8 long 8-pounders
Armour: Timber

The Vénus was an 38-gun Hébé class frigate of the French Navy.

In the summer of 1782, Vénus operated as a transport between Rochefort and Île de Ré. She served in Martinique during the American War of Independence.

From 1785 to 1788, Vénus undertook a scientific expedition in the Indian Ocean, under captain de Rossily.

Vénus was wrecked in a storm on her way back to France, on 31 December 1788