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

Nominal Guns80NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1.1749NNF-1715
First Commissioned12.1752FWAS1786
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis NNF-1715
Designed by François-Guillaume Clairain Des Lauriers (1722-1780)FWAS1786
Constructor Antoine Groignard (1727-1799)FWAS1786
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RatePremier RangFWAS1786
Ship TypeShip of the Line FWAS1786
Sailing RigShip RiggedFWAS1786
Broken Up1.1801NNF-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)


12.1752Broadside 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
12.175291414 officers, 900 menNNF-1715

1 Ship Commander

1780 - 1781Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Nicolas Louis de Durfort (Baron de Durfort) (1736-1782)E-WIKI

Service History

8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
2.5.1780Sailed form Brest as flagship of a convoy carrying troops to North AmericaBNF2
20.6.1780Action off Monti Christi
16.3.1781Battle of Cape Henry
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
9.1792Renamed PeupleNNF-1715
2.1794Renamed CatonNNF-1715
2.1798Condemned at BrestNNF-1715


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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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