For other ships with the same name, see French ship Découverte and HMS Decouverte.

Découverte

History

France

Name:
Découverte

Builder:
Brest Dockyard[1]

Laid down:
1799

Launched:
22 August 1800[1]

Captured:
c. 23 November 1803

History

UK

Name:
Decouverte

Acquired:
by capture

Decommissioned:
1806

Fate:
Sold 1808

General characteristics [1]

Class and type:
Découverte-class schooner

Displacement:
110 tons (French)

Tons burthen:
165 (bm)[2]

Length:

25 m (82 ft) (overall)
21 m (69 ft) (keel)

Beam:
6.4 m (21 ft)

Sail plan:
Schooner

Complement:

French service:52 at capture
British service:

Armament:

French service:
Originally: 8 x 4-pounder guns
At capture:6 x 6-pounder guns + 6 brass swivel guns
British service: 8 x 12-pounder carronades[2]

The French schooner Découverte was a French Navy vessel launched in 1800. The British captured her at Santo Domingo in 1803 and took her into service as HMS Decouverte. She was decomissioned in January 1806 and sold in 1808.

Contents

1 French career
2 Capture
3 British service
4 Fate
5 Citations and references

French career[edit]
Between March and November 1800, Découverte was under the command of lieutenant de vaisseau Passart, carrying despatches between Brest and Ferrol. Still under Passart’s command, she was at Ferrol between end-January and end-February 1802.
Capture[edit]
Découverte was present at Saint Domingue (Haiti) in November 1803 during the revolt of slaves against the French, while the British blockade of Saint-Domingue trapped the French army and naval forces at Cap-François. The British observed a schooner in the Caracol Passage and Commodore John Loring, having received information that General Rochambeau, his staff and entourage might try to escape via her, decided to cut the schooner out. The boats of HMS Bellerophon and HMS Elephant went in during the night of 22 November and captured the schooner, which turned out to be the Decouvert, of six 6-pounder guns, six brass swivel guns, and a crew of 52 men under the command of ensign de vaisseau Froyant. The launches met with some resistance, but the British suffered no casualties; Découverte had two men wounded.[3] Rochambeau surrendered on 30 November.
British service[edit]
The Royal Navy commissioned HMS Decouverte in May 1804 at Jamaica under the command of Lieutenant E. Whyte.[4] She spent the rest of her career on the Jamaica station.
Fate