French ship Vestale (1756)

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the Vestale
Scale model on display at the Musée de la Marine in Toulon
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Vestale
Namesake: Vestal Virgin
Builder: Le Havre, plans by Jean-Joseph Ginoux
Launched: 1756
Captured: by Britain, 8 January 1761
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Flora
Acquired: 1800
Fate: Scuttled 8 August 1778
Career (France) French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign
Name: Flore américaine
Acquired: 1794
Captured: By Britain, 7 September 1798
General characteristics
Class and type: Blonde class

30 guns:

  • 26 x 8-pounder long guns
  • 4 x 4-pounder long guns
Armour: Timber

The Vestale was a Blonde class 30-gun frigate of the French Navy.

She was captured by HMS Unicorn at the Battle of Quiberon Bay, 8 January 1761, and recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Flora. She was scuttled by the British on 8 August 1778, as they left Rhode Island.

She was refloated, repaired and sold to the French Navy in 1784, where she was known as Flore américaine, to distinguish her from another Flore built since. She was used as a commerce raider from 1794. On 7 September 1798, she was captured by HMS Phaeton and sold for scrap.

A model is on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris, and another in the naval museum in Toulon.

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