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French frigate Oiseau (1770)
Career (France)
Name: Oiseau
Namesake: bird
Builder: Toulon[1]
Laid down: 1770[1]
Launched: 11 January 1769[1]
In service: November 1770[1]
Fate: Captured on 31 January 1779.[1]
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 485 tonnes
Length: 44.5 metres
Beam: 10.1 metres
Draught: 4.5 metres
Propulsion: Sail
Armour: Timber

Oiseau was a 32-gun frigate of the French Navy.


In 1772, Oiseau was under Captain De Plas, and attached to the Escadre d'évolution under Orvilliers.[1][3]

From 1773 to 1775, she was attached to the 64-gun Roland for the Second voyage of Kerguelen, under Lieutenant Rosnevet.[4] The Baie de l'Oiseau was named in her honour.[1]

In 1775, she was again attached to the Escadre d'évolution, this time under Captain Bausset and Admiral Guichen. In 1777, she was part of the fleet of Du Chaffault, captained by Roquefeuil-Montpeyroux.[1]

Oiseau too part in the Battle of Ushant on 27 July 1778.[5] On 31 January 1779, as she escorted a convoy from Brest to Saint-Malo, Oiseau encountered the British 32-gun frigate HMS Apollo. The captain of Oiseau, Tarade, signaled the cutter Expéditive to lead the convoy, and detached to attack Apollo. In the subsequent battle, Oiseau lost her foretop, and struck her colours.[1][2]

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