Le Hasardeux

Nominal Guns50NNF-1661
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down3.1699NNF-1661
First Commissioned2.1701NNF-1661
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1661
ShipyardLorient - Brittany NNF-1661
ConstructorPierre-Blaise Coulomb (1699-1753)NNF-1661
CategoryFourth RateNNF-1661
National RateTroisième RangNNF-1661
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1661
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1661
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Hazardous' (1703) (54)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1661
Length of Gundeck128' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)41.5744 (136′ 4″ Imperial)
Breadth35' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)11.4005 (37′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold14' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.5472 (14′ 11″ Imperial)


2.1701Broadside Weight = 348 French Livre (375.5616 lbs 170.346 kg)NNF-1661
Lower Gun Deck22 French 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6 French 6-Pounder


1703 - 1703/11/13Jean Levesque de Beaubriant (1666-1706) Principal Managing Ownerref:1586

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1701350 NNF-1661
13.11.1703300 ref:801

1 Commanding Officer

1703 - 13.11.1703Corsaire Captain de la Rueref:801

Service History


Loan for privateering

13.11.1703Taken by Warspite (64) ref:801
13.11.1703Taken by Orford (70) ref:801
13.11.1703Taken by Lichfield (54) ref:801


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1702-1703Armement Mixte de Levesque de BeaubriantJean Levesque de Beaubriant (1666-1706) 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Brian Shepherd on Friday 12th of April 2019 08:57

After a total review of the accepted history of this ship a revised history has been posted on the Hazardous Project web site.
Regarding construction, the designer/builder was most likely Pierre Coulomb, a nephew of Laurent Coulomb and certainly not Pierre-Blaise, grand-son of Laurent. Pierre worked under, then replaced Laurent at Lorient ('Lorient sous Louis XIV' by H-F Buffet)
le Hasardeux was captured on 13 Nov 1703 (OS) and not 6.

Posted by David Johnston on Thursday 29th of October 2015 21:29

Wrecked (deliberately ran aground, having dragged her anchors off Isle of Wight) in 1706 in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex, UK. Wreck site protected under UK's Protection of Wrecks Act as of historic and archaeological importance. Long term and ongoing archaeological investigation by volunteer group (internet search Warship Hazardous Prize to locate project web site). Featured in an episode of Channel 4's Wreck Detectives series.

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