HMS Ambuscade (1773)

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Ambuscade fighting Bayonnaise, by Pierre Ozanne
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ambuscade
Builder: Depford
Launched: 1773
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Embuscade
Acquired: 14 December 1798
Captured: 28 May 1803
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ambuscade
Acquired: 28 May 1803
Fate: Broken up in 1810
General characteristics as built
Class and type: 32-gun fifth-rate frigate
Length: 45 metres
Beam: 12 metres
Draught: 6 metres
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 212

32 guns
32 to 36 long 12-pounders

6 to 8 12-pounder carronades on the fore-castle

HMS Ambuscade was a 32-gun fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, built at Depford in 1773.

During the Revolutionary wars, as she blockaded Rochefort. She was captured in the Action of 14 December 1798 and brought in French service as Embuscade.

On 28 May 1803, she was recaptured by HMS Victory and brought back into British service as HMS Ambuscade.

She was eventually broken up in 1810.

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Pierre Ozanne's depiction of Ambuscade towing Bayonnaise back to harbour, with the difference in size between the ships exaggerated

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