This entire site, including all its pages, is copyright © Stephen S. Roberts 2001-2017 or later as indicated.


Second Volume Coming!





In the 1786-1861 book the data on this web site has been greatly expanded and complete information for the period before 1815 has been added, giving full coverage of the period from just before the French Revolution to the advent of the broadside ironclad. The old data has been left on this web site for legacy reasons (see below) but anyone with a serious interest in the subject should use the book. It may be obtained from either of the following two sources. The volume for the earlier period is due out at the end of October in the UK and in December in the US.


Seaforth Publishing (Pen & Sword Books)

U.S. Naval Institute Press


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French Navy Ships, 1816-1859




A plan of the paddle frigate (ex steam packet) Panama dated 28 February 1847.

This site contains a complete, comprehensive reference guide to the ships of the French navy between 1816 and 1859, the period during which the navy transitioned from sail to steam. The main part of the site consists of data pages for ships added to the navy during those years. Most of the data is from the French naval archives, collected while the author was researching his Ph.D dissertation, The Introduction of Steam Technology in the French Navy, 1818-1852 (University of Chicago, 1976, probably available through University Microfilms). The site also contains a list of ships in the French navy in 1816 and a historical introduction that includes data tables on building programs, the strength of the navy, its guns, steam engine builders, etc. The data are presented in a format compatible with Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, which the reader may consult for the years after 1859. Information on sail and screw transports was added in March 2009. The sections of the site are linked together, but to begin select one of the following links. 

Introduction: The French Navy, 1816-1859


List of the French Navy in 1816

and, for the main listing, 

French Navy Ships, 1816-1859


This entire site, including all its pages, is copyright © Stephen S. Roberts 2001-2017 or later as indicated.