Le Duc de Bourgogne -> 1792 Peuple -> 1794 Caton

Nominal Guns80NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1749/01NNF-1715
First Commissioned1752/12FWAS1786
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardRochefort NNF-1715
Designed byFrançois-Guillaume Clairin-DeslauriersFWAS1786
ConstructorAntoine GroignardFWAS1786
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RatePremier RangFWAS1786
Ship TypeShip of the Line FWAS1786
Sailing RigShip RiggedFWAS1786
Broken Up1801/01NNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck174'French Feet (Pied du Roi)56.5167 (185′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Keel152' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)49.3727 (161′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.3318 (47′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold22' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.2268 (23′ 8″ Imperial)
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentFWAS1786
Length of Gundeck173' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)56.1904 (184′ 4″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.2912 (46′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold21' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.8208 (22′ 4″ Imperial)


1752/12Broadside Weight = 900 French Livre (971.28 lbs 440.55 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck30 French 36-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck32 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle18 French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1752/1291414 officers, 900 menNNF-1715

Commanding Officers

1780 - 1783Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Nicolas Louis de Durfort (Baron de Durfort)EWIKI

Flag Officers

1780/05 - 1780/12/15Chef d'escadreCharles-Henri-Louis Arsac de TernayBNF2

Service History

1757/08Louisbourg Expedition
1778/07/271st Battle of Ushant
1780/05/02Sailed form Brest as flagship of a convoy carrying troops to North AmericaBNF2
1780/06/20Action off Monti Christi
1781/03/16Battle of Cape Henry
1782/01/25Battle of Saint Kitts
1782/04/12Battle of the Saintes
1792/09Renamed PeupleNNF-1715
1794/02Renamed CatonNNF-1715
1798/02Condemned at BrestNNF-1715


NNF-1715 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
FWAS1786 French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861Rif Winfield & Stephen S RobertsBook
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
BNF2 Batailles Navales de la France - Vol IIO TroudeDigital Book

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 23rd of January 2017 19:48

Sorry should have also included
Defenseur74 Louis Armand Constantin Prince de Rohan Montbazon
Brillant64 Etienne Pierre, Vicomte de Roochechouart, Diligente32 Bory
Zéphryre32 Chevalier De Grasse [F. J. Comte de Grasse Tilly?]
Opale26 Chevalier Doisy

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 23rd of January 2017 19:18

7 March 1762 French R-Ad Charles Comte de Blénac Courbon arrives off Martinique flag on Duc de Bourgogne80 with Hector74 cap Comte de de Sanzy, Diademe74 cap Chevalier Fouquet, Defenseur74 Louis Armand Constantin, Protee64 Pierre Hocdenau, Dragon64 Chevalier Des Rochechouart, Calype26 cap Duchilleau bringing troops from France to help defend the French islands

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