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French frigate Pénélope (1806)
Portrait of Pénélope by François-Geoffroi Roux
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Pénélope
Namesake: Penelope
Ordered: 22 August 1803
Builder: Bordeaux
Laid down: 12 February 1804
Launched: 28 October 1806
Commissioned: 6 November 1806
Decommissioned: 1828
General characteristics
Class & type: Armide class
Displacement: 1330 tonnes
Tons burthen: 110430/94 (bm)
Length: 47 metres
Beam: 12 metres
Draught: 5.5 metres
Propulsion: Sail
  • French service: 339
  • British service: 284; later 315
  • 28 x 18-pounder long guns
  • 8 x 8-pounders
  • 8 x 36-pounder carronades
  • Armour: Timber

    The Pénélope was a 44-gun Armide class frigate of the French Navy.

    Commissioned under Captain Bernard Dubourdieu in November 1806, Pénélope served in the Atlantic for some months.

    On 21 January 1808, along with Thémis, she departed Bordeaux for a cruise to Toulon. They arrived on 28 March, having captured 12 British prizes en route, including the privateer Sirene.

    On 1 January 1809, command of Pénélope was transferred to Captain Simonot. On 27 February, she and Pauline captured HMS Proserpine. She later took part in the Action of 5 November 1813.

    Pénélope was decommissioned at the Bourbon Restoration, on 31 August 1815, and was sold for scrap in 1828.

    Sources and references

    • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. p. 345. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 

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