HMS Favourite (1794)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Favourite
Ordered: 18 February 1793
Builder: Randall & Brent, Rotherhithe
Laid down: April 1793
Launched: 1 February 1794
Completed: By 14 May 1794
Captured: By the French on 7 January 1806
Career (France) Civil and Naval Ensign of France.svg
Name: Favorite
Acquired: 7 January 1806
Captured: 21 July 1807, by the Royal Navy
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Goree
Acquired: 21 July 1807
Commissioned: August 1807
Reclassified: Prison ship in 1813/14
Fate: Broken up in 1817
General characteristics
Class and type: 16-gun Cormorant-class sloop
Tons burthen: 426 88/94 bm
Length: 108 ft 5 in (33.0 m) (overall)
90 ft 8.25 in (27.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 29 ft 9 in (9.1 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft (2.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Sloop
Complement: 121
  • Upper deck: 16 x 6pdrs + 12 x ½pdr swivels

HMS Favourite was a 16-gun Cormorant-class sloop of the Royal Navy, launched in 1794 at Rotherhithe.

Capture and re-capture

While she was sailing under Commander John Davie, L'Hermite's squadron captured her on 7 January 1806. The French brought her into service as Favorite.

On 20 June 1806, she reached Cayenne, were she was re-armed with Captain Lemarant Kerdaniel taking command. She sailed from there on Christmas Eve 1806, along with the 16-gun brig Argus.

On 21 July 1807 the 32-gun frigate HMS Jason and the brig HMS Wolverine intercepted Argus and Favorite. Favorite stayed behind and battled for one hour to allow Argus to escape but was forced to strike. She was brought back into British service as HMS Goree.


She became a prison hulk in 1814 and was broken up in 1817.