French frigate Sibylle (1777)

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Flag of the Kingdom of France (1814-1830).svgFrance
NameSibylle
BuilderBrest. Plans by Sané [1]
Laid downApril 1777 [1]
Launched1 September 1777 [1]
CommissionedNovember 1777 [1]
FateCaptured by the British Royal Navy in 1783 and broken up in 1784
General characteristics [1]
Class and typeSybille-class
Tons burthen600 tonnes
Length43.8 metres
Beam11.2 metres
Draught5.4 metres
PropulsionSail
Complement260
Armament
  • Gundeck:26 x 12-pounder gusn
  • quarterdeck:8 x 8-pounder guns
ArmourTimber

Sibylle was a 32-gun copper-hulled, frigate of the French Navy, lead ship of her class.

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Career

Sibylle took part in the Battle of Ushant on 27 July 1778, under Kerhouan-Mahé. [1] [2] She was part of the division under Lamotte-Piquet that captured 18 British merchantmen in the action of 2 May 1781. [1]

In 1783, Sibylle was under Captain Kergariou Locmaria. On 2 January, she fought a hotly contested, and ultimately inconclusive Action of 2 January 1783 against HMS Magicienne. [1]

Sibylle effected repairs and returned to the sea, but ended up being captured by the 50-gun HMS Centurion and Hussar in the action of 22 January 1783. [1]

Fate

The British broke up Sibylle in 1784. [1]

Notes, citations, and references

Notes

    Citations

    1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Roche (2005), p. 415.
    2. Contenson (1934), p. 193.

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