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French corvette Berceau (1794)
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Name: Berceau
Builder: Lorient
Laid down: December 1793
Launched: 12 July 1794
In service: July 1794
Captured: 12 October 1800
Fate: Broken up in 1804
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 350 tonnes
Length: 36.7 metres
Beam: 9.1 metres
Draught: 4.1 metres
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Ship
Armament: 22 guns to 32 guns

The Berceau was a 22-gun corvette of the French Navy.

In 1799, she took part in the Cruise of Bruix. On 11 May, Admiral Bruix set his flag on Berceau to direct a battle against the British off Cadiz; after the Spanish broke contact, Bruix cancelled the attack.

On 13 July 1800, Berceau measured herself against two Portuguese corvettes off Guyana. From September, she cruised the Caribbean under capitaine de frégate Senez. On 12 October, unbeknown to the participants, several days after the Peace that ended the Quasi-War, she met the 28-gun American frigate Boston; in the ensuing action, Berceau was badly damaged, and eventually struck her colours. She was towed as a prize to Boston under prize-master Robert Haswell. The battle having been fought two weeks after a formal peace agreement, Berceau was repaired at American expense and on 22 June 1801, she was restituted to France and recommissioned under Lieutenant Michelon.[1]

On 25 September 1803, under René Lemarant de Kerdaniel, Berceau joined up with Linois' squadron off Ile de France, ferrying news that the War of the Third Coalition had broken out.

In February 1804, she took part in the Battle of Pulo Aura under Captain Emmanuel Halgan.

She was eventually broken up in Vigo in 1804.

See also


  • Canney, Donald L. (2001
    Chatham Publishing / Naval Institute Press). Sailing warships of the US Navy. pp. 224. ISBN 1-55750-990-5.


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