Clorinde, sister-ship of French frigate Rubis (1812)
Ordered21 October 1809
BuilderAntoine Crucy, Basse-Indre, nr Nantes[1]
Laid downJune 1810
Launched25 May 1812
Commissioned7 August 1812
FateBurnt 5 February 1813
General characteristics
Class and type Pallas-class frigate
Displacement1,080 tonnes
Length46.93 m (154 ft 0 in)
Beam11.91 m (39 ft 1 in)
Draught5.9 m (19 ft 4 in)
Propulsion1,950 m2 (21,000 sq ft) of sail

The Rubis was a 40-gun Pallas-class frigate of the French Navy.

On 25 November 1812, under Commander Louis-François Ollivier, Rubis sailed from Nantes along with Aréthuse (Captain Pierre Bouvet) to intercept British trade off West Africa. In January, having captured a Portuguese ship, La Serra, they reached Cap-Vert.[2]

On 27 January 1813, Aréthuse intercepted the brig HMS Daring (Lieutenant Pascoe) off Tamara. Released prisoners reported the presence of the French frigates, prompting the departure of HMS Amelia (Captain Frederick Paul Irby).

In the night of 5 February, a storm hit Rubis and Aréthuse while at anchor; both frigates broke their cables and Rubis was thrown ashore, while Aréthuse managed to sail clear of the coast into open water. Efforts to refloat her the next day proved futile, and she was abandoned by her crew, who embarked on the prize Serra, and scuttled by fire. Aréthuse fought the action of 7 February 1813 with HMS Amelia the next day, and after the stalemate with her opponent, returned on the site of the wreck to repatriate the crew to France.[3]


  1. ^ Rif Winfield and Stephen S Roberts, French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing, 2015. ISBN 978-1-84832-204-2.
  2. ^ William James, The Naval History of Great Britain from the declaration of war by France in February 1793 to the accession of George IV in January 1820 : with an account of the origin and progressive increase of the British Navy (New edition in Six volumes), Volume VI, pp183-190, R Bentley, London, 1837.
  3. ^ Les bâtiments ayant porté le nom de Rubis Archived 2009-11-16 at the Wayback Machine