Commerce de Marseille1878
Nominal Guns118EWIKI
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1786/09FWAS1786
First Commissioned1790/10
How acquiredPurpose builtEWIKI
ShipyardToulon EWIKI
Ship ClassCommerce de Marseille Class
Designed byJacques-Noël SanéEWIKI
CategoryFirst RateEWIKI
National RatePremier Rang
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish First Rate ship of the line 'Commerce de Marseille' (1793)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck196' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)63.6625 (208′ 10″ Imperial)
Length of Keel178' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)57.8144 (189′ 8″ Imperial)
Breadth51' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)16.5648 (54′ 4″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold25' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)8.12 (26′ 7″ Imperial)
Draught Forward23' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.4704 (24′ 6″ Imperial)
Draught Aft24' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.7952 (25′ 6″ Imperial)
Displacement5,140French Tonneaux5032.3397


1788/08/07Broadside Weight = 1368 French Livre (1423 lbs 669.636 kg) W006
Lower Gun Deck32French 36-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck34French 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck34French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle6French 36-Pounder Obusier
Quarterdeck/Forecastle18French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1786780Peace time complementFWAS1786
1786/061119Design Complement 

Service History

DateEvent Source
1793/08/29Seige of Toulon 


EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
FWAS1786 French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861Rif Winfield & Stephen S RobertsBook
NNF-1774 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
W006 Sailing WarshipsTeemuWeb Site
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Posted by Brian on Thursday 30th of March 2017 21:54

At Toulon, a short time ago, was launched the Commerce de Marseilles, a fine ship of 120 guns presented to Louis the sixteenth by the merchants of Marseilles. Her guns are all on three decks, none on the poop or forecastle; and she is so constructed that her complete broadside of sixty guns, can be brought at the same time to bear on a single object; an advantage deserving the consideration of those in whom, with us, the department of constructing men of war lies...source Gazette of the United States New York May 22, 1790 page 464.

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