French frigate Hermione (1804)

For other ships with the same name, see French ship Hermione.
Hortense, sister-ship of Hermione
Name: Hermione
General characteristics
Class and type: Hortense-class frigate
Tons burthen: 1350 tonnes
Length: 48.75 m (159.9 ft)
Beam: 12.2 m (40 ft)
Draught: 5.9 m (19 ft)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Ship

Hermione was a 40-gun Hortense-class frigate of the French Navy.

Ordered by the Italian Republic as a gift to France under the name République Italienne, she was renamed to Hermione on 26 December 1803, to be launched in December 1804.

Under Captain Jean-Michel Mahé, she took part in the capture of HMS Cyane, the Battle of Cape Finisterre, in the Battle of Trafalgar and in Lamellerie's expedition.[1] In late 1807, she took part in a division under Rear-Admiral Baudin, ferrying troops to Martinique.[2]

Hermione was wrecked in Iroise on 18 August 1808.[3] The wreck was discovered in 1972.



  1. Fond Marine, p.331
  2. Quintin, Danielle et Bernard (2003). Dictionnaire des capitaines de Vaisseau de Napoléon. S.P.M. p. 254. ISBN 2-901952-42-9.
  3. Fond Marine, p.367


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