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Le Neptune -> 1671 Illustre

Nominal Guns66NNF-1661
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down4.1666NNF-1661
First Commissioned9.1667NNF-1661
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1661
ShipyardAmsterdam - Holland NNF-1661
Ship ClassDutch Built Group (1666)NNF-1661
Hendrik Hendriksz CardinaalDutch
Ship Builder
Service 1666-1702
CategorySecond RateNNF-1661
National RateSecond RangNNF-1661
Ship TypeShip of the LineNNF-1661
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1661
Broken Up1698NNF-1661


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1661
Length of Gundeck137' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.4976 (145′ 11″ Imperial)
Length of Keel118' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)38.3264 (125′ 8″ Imperial)
Breadth37' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)12.0176 (39′ 5″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold14' 3"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.5675 (14′ 11″ Imperial)


9.1667Broadside Weight = 496 French Livre (535.2832 lbs 242.792 kg)NNF-1661
Lower Gun Deck24 French 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle16 French 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle2 French 4-Pounder

1674Broadside Weight = 482 French Livre (520.1744 lbs 235.939 kg)FWAS1626
Lower Gun Deck12 French 24-Pounder
Lower Gun Deck14 French 18-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck16 French 6-Pounder
Roundhouse4 French 4-Pounder

1696Broadside Weight = 494 French Livre (533.1248 lbs 241.813 kg)FWAS1626
Lower Gun Deck24 French 24-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 French 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 French 6-Pounder
Roundhouse4 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
9.1667409 NNF-1661

5 Ship Commanders

1672Capitaine de Vaisseau
François-Bénédict de Rouxel (Marquis de Grancey)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1665-1679
1673Capitaine de Vaisseau
Jérome-Augustin du Vernay de BeaulieuFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1667-1682
1683Chef d'Escadre
Jean Gabaret (Seigneur d'Angoulins)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1653-1692
1690Capitaine de Vaisseau
Marc-Hyacinthe Rosmadec (Marquis de Rosmadec)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1666-1690
1692Capitaine de Vaisseau
de CombesFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1677-1692

Service History

24.6.1671Renamed IllustreFWAS1626
28.5.1672Battle of Solebay
28.5.1673First Battle of Schooneveld
4.6.1673Second Battle of Schooneveld
11.8.1673Battle of Texel
1674Rerated as a 72 gunnerFWAS1626
1688Rerated as a 64 gunnerFWAS1626
1690Rerated as a 74 gunnerFWAS1626
30.6.1690Battle of Beachy Head
19.5.1692Battle of Barfleur
1696Rerated as a 68 gunnerFWAS1626


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