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|Nationality||Royaume de France|
British Fifth Rate ship of the line 'Serapis' (1779) (44) 1779-1779
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
|Shipyard||Rotherhithe - London - Surrey||BWAS-1714|
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
|Ship Type||Ship of the Line||NNF-1610|
|Sailing Rig||Ship Rigged||NNF-1610|
Between October and December 1779 , Serapis was in the Texel .FWIKI
By September 1780 she was probably at Lorient .
The French Royal Navy commissioned Sérapis , and loaned her to a civilian master named Roche who planned to use the ship against the British in the Indian Ocean .FWIKI
On 31 July 1781, Sérapis was at Madagascar , trading spirits and arak for rice , when the load master, Lieutenant de Frégate L'Héritier , had candles taken out of their fire-proof lanterns . The candles ignited alcohol vapour in the hull . The crew fought the fire for two and a half hours , but the flames eventually burned through the walls of the spirit locker and reached a powder magazine . The resulting explosion ripped the stern off the ship , sinking her . While 8 men lost their lives , 215 people survived . The privateer Daliram returned them to Ile Sainte-Marie , Madagascar .FWIKI