In 1792, she escorted convoys to and from Martinique
Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of . Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados...
, and ferried Edmond-Charles Genêt
Edmond-Charles Genêt , also known as Citizen Genêt, was a French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution.-Early life:Genêt was born in Versailles in 1763...
to the USA. On 31 July 1793, she encountered and fought Boston
at the Action of 31 July 1793
The Action of 31 July 1793 was an inconclusive engagement between a British Royal Navy frigate and French frigate off the New Jersey coastline in the first year of the French Revolutionary Wars...
With Van Stabel
Pierre Jean Van Stabel was a French naval officer and admiral, famous for his role in the Bataille du 13 prairial an 2.Van Stabel was born to a family of sailors and started a career on privateers and merchantmen...
's squadron she took part in the Croisière du Grand Hiver
The Croisière du Grand Hiver was a French attempt to organise a winter naval campaign in the wake of the Glorious First of June.-Context:...
Capture and British service
The British captured Embuscade
during the Battle of Tory Island in 1797 and commissioned her into the Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...
Eight Royal Navy ships have borne the name HMS Ambuscade: was a 40-gun fifth rate, formerly the French ship Embuscade, captured in 1746. She fought off Cape Finisterre, captured the privateer Vainqueen and fought with Boscawen against de la Clue off Lagos. She was sold at Deptford in 1762...
. In 1804 she was renamed HMS Seine
Three ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Seine after the River Seine which runs through Paris and Normandy in France. All three ships named Seine were frigates captured from the French Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars....
, as the previous Ambuscade
HMS Ambuscade was a 32-gun fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, built at Depford in 1773.During the Revolutionary wars, as she blockaded Rochefort, she was captured in the Action of 14 December 1798 and brought in French service as Embuscade....
had been retaken and was recommissioned under her old name, and the previous Seine
Seine was a 38-gun Seine-class French frigate that the Royal Navy captured in 1798 and commissioned as the fifth rate HMS Seine. On 20 August 1800, Seine captured the French ship Vengeance in a single ship action that would win for her crew the Naval General Service Medal...
had just been lost.
On 27 May 1805, while under the command of Capt. D. Atkins, Seine
captured the Spanish felucca
A felucca is a traditional wooden sailing boat used in protected waters of the Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean including Malta, and particularly along the Nile in Egypt, Sudan, and also in Iraq. Its rig consists of one or two lateen sails....
off Puerto Rico. Conception
was armed with 2 guns and had a crew of 10 men.
By 29 June she was off France when she, , Comet
and captured the French brig Pierre Ceasar
. The Admiralty took Pierre Caesar
into service as .