French frigate Vénus (1808)

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File:Venus vs Ceylon.jpg
Capture of HMS Ceylon
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Vénus
Namesake: Venus
Ordered: 26 March 1805
Builder: Le Havre
Laid down: April 1808
Launched: 5 July 1806
In service: August 1808
Captured: 18 September 1810
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Nereide
General characteristics
Class and type: Junon class frigate
Displacement: 1100 tonnes
Armament: 40 x 18-pdr long guns
Armour: Timber

The Vénus was a Junon class frigate of the French Navy.

On 10 November 1808, she departed Cherbourg, bound for Île de France, where she served as Hamelin's flagship, leading a squadron also comprising the frigate Manche and the sloop Créole.

On the 29 and 30 December 1808, she captured and destroyed the East indiamen Hiran and Albion. On 4 November 1809, she captured the East Indiaman Lady Bentick and the American merchantman Samson.

She was central in the Action of 18 November 1809, where the squadron captured three armed East Indiamen.

From 20 to 26 August 1810, she took a minor part in the Battle of Grand Port.

On 17-18 September 1810, along with Victor, she captured the 40-gun HMS Ceylon, losing her fore-mast and her topgallant masts in the process. The next day, Vénus and Ceylon were taken by a British squadron composed of HMS Boadicea, HMS Otter and the brig HMS Staunch. Victor managed to escape.

Vénus was brought into British service as HMS Nereide, in honour of the defence of HMS Nereide at Grand Port. She subsequently took part in the blockade and surrender of Île de France.