La Ville de Paris

Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1757NNF-1715
First Commissioned5.1764BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis BWAS-1714
Constructor François-Guillaume Clairain Des Lauriers (1722-1780)NNF-1715
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
National RatePremier RangBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish First Rate ship of the line 'Ville de Paris' (1782) (104)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck185' 7 ½"Imperial Feet56.4007 
Length of Keel153' 0"Imperial Feet46.6344 
Breadth53' 8 ½"Imperial Feet16.1671 
Depth in Hold22' 2"Imperial Feet6.731 
Burthen2,347 5294Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck177'French Feet (Pied du Roi)57.4921 (188′ 7″ Imperial)
Length of Keel144'French Feet (Pied du Roi)46.7737 (153′ 5″ Imperial)
Breadth48' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)15.6107 (51′ 2″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold23'French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.4975 (24′ 7″ Imperial)


1764Broadside Weight = 1092 French Livre (1178.4864 lbs 534.534 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck30 French 36-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck32 French 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 French 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.17641,0966 officers, 1090 menNNF-1715

4 Commanding Officers

1778Chef d'escadreJean Baptiste Charles Henri d'Hector, comte d'Estaing (1729-1794)TRN31779Capitaine de VaisseauFrançois-Pierre Huon de Kermadec (1726-1787)ref:6731781Capitaine de Vaisseau Saint Cézaire (d.1782)E-WIKI1781 - 12.4.1782Capitaine de Vaisseau VelleonE-WIKI

2 Flag Officers

1778Chef d'escadre Luc Urbain de Bouëxic (Chevalier de Saint Louis) (1712-1790)E-WIKI22.3.1781 - 19.4.1782Lieutenant-Général des armées navalesChevalier François-Joseph Paul de Grasse (Comte de Grasse) (1722-1788)TRN3

Service History

27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
1779Refitted as a 104 gun First Rate
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes


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