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Date Posted: 10:38:41 11/22/16 Tue
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: Diana
In reply to: Andrea Nardon 's message, "Diana" on 08:57:36 11/21/16 Mon

>Again in reference to the Battle of the Tagus, 1831,
>someone know the data about portuguese frigate Diana,
>taken by the French Navy after the battle?. It's
>reported 1820 about launch year, others sources 1820
>and 54 as guns. Parameters about pounder guns and
>dimension are mentioned ?
>Thanks for the support

I don't have the articles from Esparteiro, Três Séculos (op. cit.) about frigates. However, António Marques Esparteiro, Catálogo dos Navios Briganinos (Lisbon: Centro de Estudios de Marinha, 1976), 40, has an entry on Diana. It is number 188 under "Fragatas e fragatinhas." For ships of the line, the Catálogo numbers correspond to the numbering in Três Séculos.

If I am guessing correctly at the Portuguese, Catálogo says the following about Diana:
Frigate of 50 guns which was built at Bahia [Brazil] and launched in 1822 with the name Constituição.
In the next year, renamed Diana.
In 1823 belonged to the Bahia squadron and participated in a skirmish with Cochrane.
In 1828 included in an a Miguelista expedition to Madeira and in 1829 participated in the attack on Terceira.
Fell into the hands of French Admiral Roussin in the Tagus in 1831, was restored in 1838.
Sold as unserviceable at Lisbon in 1857.
Besides gun counts, Catálogo does not include data on armament, and does not include dimensions, tonnages, or displacements.

There is a lot of info on Portuguese warships on line now. A Google search for the following exact set of terms "Constituição Diana fragata" turned up many hits, including https://arquivohistorico.marinha.pt/details?id=8058&ht=pereira
which says that Diana
"As suas principais características eram: comprimento - 49.07 m, boca - 12.34 m, pontal - 8.84 m; armamento - 50 peças; lotação - 400 homens."
Length (gun deck or keel?): 49.07m
Beam (?; my Portuguese-English dictionaries give only "mouth" or "opening" for "boca"): 12.34m
Depth of hold: 8.84m
Armament: 50 guns
Crew: 400 men

http://carlosys.com/blog/blog/category/modelismo/construccion-fragata-diana/ is about the building of a model of a Diana. There might be additional information there about the actual ship. It's probably the same one.

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