Royal Louis -> 1692 Royal Louis Vieux

Nominal Guns120NNF-1661
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down12.1666NNF-1661
First Commissioned8.1669NNF-1661
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1661
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1661
ConstructorRodolphe GédéonNNF-1661
CategoryFirst RateNNF-1661
National RatePremier RangNNF-1661
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1661
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1661
Broken Up1697NNF-1661


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1661
Length of Gundeck163' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)52.9424 (173′ 8″ Imperial)
Length of Keel135' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)43.848 (143′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 4"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.3183 (46′ 11″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold21' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.8208 (22′ 4″ Imperial)
Draught Aft22' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.1456 (23′ 5″ Imperial)


1668Broadside Weight = 1080 French Livre (1165.536 lbs 528.66 kg)W033
Gun Deck30 French 36-Pounder
Gun Deck30 French 18-Pounder
Gun Deck32 French 12-Pounder
Gun Deck26 French 6-Pounder

1677Broadside Weight = 1104 French Livre (1191.4368 lbs 540.408 kg)NNF-1661
Lower Gun Deck30 French 36-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 French 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck32 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle26 French 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.16699,009 NNF-1610

1 Flag Officer

1677Lieutenant-généralAbraham II Duquesne (1610-1688)

Service History

11.5.1677Sailed from Toulon
14.6.1677Arrived off Messina
1692Renamed Royal Louis VieuxE-WIKI


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Posted by Christian Pichmann on Sunday 4th of August 2019 15:28

Hello, regarding to Windfields & Roberstsons "French Warships in the Age of Sail 1626 - 1786" the ROYAL LOUIS was firstly armed with 48 pounder guns in the LowerDEck - what were removed when their worth in battle was prooven as not too good - as the handling characteristics and rate of fire ware too bad. So they were given ashore to the coastal artillery and usual 36pounder came on board. But still with this reduced firepower here motto was still right: "I am unmatched over the waves and my king is it in the world."

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