Ship Type Menu.Converted sail corvettes (24 and 14 guns)
Converted transports (reclassified 1845)
Converted Transports sail corvettes (24 and 14 guns)
In 1845 a decision to contract out most of the navy's cargo-carrying operations left the navy with some surplus transports. A few transports such as Uranie
(ex La Ciotat
, 467 tons capacity, 1811-20) had previously been called corvettes while in use for scientific expeditions, and two groups were now permanently reclassified. The following 800-ton capacity transports (formerly called corvettes de charge
) became 24-gun spardeck corvettes: Somme
(1845-46), and Durance
(1847-54). The following 380-ton transports (formerly gabares-écuries
) became 14-gun open-battery corvettes: Emulation
(1842-55), and Infatigable
received a steam engine in 1853. All of the first group reverted to transport status between 1849-51 (except for Seine
, wrecked in New Caledonia in 1846), and four of the second group did likewise between 1851-54.
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