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French frigate Gentille (1778)
Career (France)
Name: Gentille
Namesake: "nice"
Ordered: 17 August 1779
Builder: Saint-Malo[1]
Laid down: July 1777
Launched: 18 June 1778
In service: August 1778
Captured: 11 April 1795
General characteristics [2]
Class & type: Iphigénie-class frigate
Tons burthen: 620 tonnes
Length: 44.2 metres
Beam: 11.2 metres
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 32 guns

Gentille was an Iphigénie-class 32-gun frigate of the French Navy.

French service[]

In 1779, Gentille was under Mengaud de la Haye. On 17 August 1779, she and Junon, under Bernard de Marigny, captured the 64-gun HMS Ardent.[1]

On 19 February 1781, in Chesapeake Bay, Gentille took part in the capture of the 44-gun HMS Romulus, along with the 64-gun Éveillé, the frigate Surveillante, and the cutter Guêpe, captured her in Chesapeake Bay.[1][3] In September, she ferried troops from Annapolie to James River, in support of the Siege of Yorktown.[1]

During the War of the First Coalition, Gentille cruised the Atlantic under Lieutenant Canon. She was captured by the 74-gun HMS Hannibal and Robust in the action of 10 April 1795.[1]


Gentille was broken up in 1802.[2]

Notes, citations, and references[]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Roche (2005), p. 223.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roche (2005), p. 224.
  3. Roche (2005), p. 386.


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours. 1. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.  (1671-1870)

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