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La Naïade (The Naiad) French 9-pdr corvette 1779 20 guns Dimensions (pied du Roi) : 119 x 30,6 x 15,6 Armament : 20 x 9-pdr Built by J.-M.-B. Coulomb (at Toulon), captured by the British in 1783 and converted into a 26-gun 6th-Rate, HMS Naiad(e). Seven sister ships (built beween 1779-1781 with the best ship names ever ;-) : La Coquette, La Blonde, La Brune, La Sémillante, La Badine, La Belette, La Poulette Plan made by the British in 1783, before main transformations, kept by the Greenwich NMMuseum Plan analysis : Notice 10 portholes for 10 guns + a front port, empty, to be filled by the nearest gun during chasing, The 3 portholes on the quarterdeck don't belong to the French version of the ship but are part of the British conversion proposal, Hull with a flat bottom and substantial tumblehome as earlier in the 18th century (see La Renommée) Possible figurehead : a pair of Marmaids Sculpture made by the Arsenal de Toulon (where the Corvette was built) in 1779 (same date) from Antoine Gibert's drawings for the 'frigate' (?) La Naïade (186 x 55 x 68 cm) Paris, musée national de la Marine, Inv. 9 OA 17 [39 OA 16] Sources : Boudriot, Historique de la corvette, La Créole 1827, p. 26-27, 30 Boudriot, Neptunia n° 137, 1980 https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=16595 Drawing of the hull : http://i68.servimg.com/u/f68/16/20/79/11/0410.jpg Article about Corvettes by Surcouf : http://forum.game-labs.net/topic/7645-les-corvettes/?tab=comments#comment-144903