Built in Bordeaux in 1799, she was sent out to Mauritius the same year under the command of captain Tandin. On her arrival at Port Louis the agents for the vessel offered the command to Robert Surcouf. A young corsair from Saint-Malo who had operated out of Mauritius for a couple of years.
La Confiance Model Ship captured the 1200 ton British Fast Indiaman “KENT”. Therefore, this vessel was more heavily armed and with over twice the number of men aboard. Surcouf succeeded in capturing her after a fierce hand to hand fight. The “KENT” was brought back for Port Louis and was later sold to a Danish merchant. Surcouf left Port Louis in January 1801 and arrived at la Rochelle 72 days later with a cargo valued at 2000000 francs. La Confiance Ship was captured off the African coast in 1803.
However, The British commissioned La Confiance model ship into the Royal Navy in June as an 18-gun sloop under the newly promoted Commander James Yeo. After that, La Confiance kept her status as a sloop until 1807, when the Admiralty re-rated her as a sixth rate. La Confiance remained at Plymouth from 19 June to 14 March 1806 undergoing fitting out.