Figuires -> 1795 Formidable

Nominal Guns84FWAS1786
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorState Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1794BWAS-1793
First Commissioned27.10.1795FWAS1786
How acquiredPurpose builtFWAS1786
ShipyardToulon Dockyard - Toulon FWAS1786
Ship ClassTonnant ClassFWAS1786
Designed by Jacques-Noël Sané (1740-1831)FWAS1786
Constructor Jean-Jacques AbauzirFWAS1786
CategoryThird RateFWAS1786
National RatePremier RangFWAS1786
Ship TypeShip of the Line FWAS1786
Sailing RigShip RiggedFWAS1786
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Brave' (1805) (80) FWAS1786


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck194' 6"Imperial Feet59.1328 
Length of Keel159' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet48.4823 
Breadth51' 5 ½"Imperial Feet15.5575 
Depth in Hold21' 6"Imperial Feet6.5532 
Burthen2,248 5594Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW006
Length of Gundeck182' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)59.1156 (193′ 11″ Imperial)
Length of Keel165' 3"French Feet (Pied du Roi)53.5932 (175′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth47' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)15.2656 (50′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold23' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.5245 (24′ 8″ Imperial)
Draught Forward21' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.8208 (22′ 4″ Imperial)
Draught Aft23' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.5245 (24′ 8″ Imperial)


1803Broadside Weight = 1164 French Livre (1256.1888 lbs 569.778 kg)FWAS1786
Gun Deck4 French 36-Pounder Obusier
Gun Deck28 French 12-Pounder
Lower Gun Deck30 French 36-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck32 French 24-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1795854 FWAS1786

4 Ship Commanders

6.3.1800 - 26.4.1800Capitaine de Vaisseau Esprit-Tranquille Maistral (1763-1815)0021801 - 6.7.1801Capitaine de Vaisseau Landais Lalonde (d.1801)W0058.7.1801 - 14.7.1801Capitaine de Frégate Amable Gilles Troude (1762-1824)E-WIKI1805 - 4.11.1805Capitaine de Vaisseau Jean-Marie Letellier (1767-1830)TRN5

1 Commissioned Officer

1805 - 3.11.1805Lieutenant de Vaisseau Olivier Jourdan de la Passardière (1783-1762)FWIKI

Service History

5.1795Renamed FormidableE-WIKI
6.7.1801Battle of Algeciras Bay
12.7.1801The Gut of Gibraltar
22.7.18053rd Battle of Cape Finisterre
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
4.11.1805Taken by Strachan's squadonr off the coast of SpainBWAS-1793
4.11.1805Battle of Cape Ortegal
4.11.1805Taken by the British At the Battle of Cape OrtegalFWAS1786


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