Hortense, sister-ship of Hermione
Name: République Italienne
Namesake: Italian Republic
Renamed: Hermione 26 December 1803
Namesake: Hermione
Launched: December 1804
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 launched in 1804 and wrecked in 1808.

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

Under Captain Jean-Michel Mahé, she took part in the capture of the Royal Navy 18-gun sloop-of-war HMS Cyane in May 1805, the Battle of Cape Finisterre on 22 July 1805, the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, and Lamellerie's expedition of February–July 1806.[1] In late 1807, she was part of a division under Rear-Admiral François-André Baudin, ferrying troops to Martinique.[2]

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



  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