Le Foudroyant1954
Nominal Guns80NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1748/08NNF-1715
First Commissioned1751/04
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardToulon NNF-1715
Designed byFrançois CoulombNNF-1715
ConstructorFrançois CoulombNNF-1715
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Foudroyant' (1758)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck180' 5"Imperial Feet54.8656
Length of Keel147' 3"Imperial Feet44.8072
Breadth50' 3"Imperial Feet15.3162
Depth in Hold23' 0"Imperial Feet7.0104
Burthen1,977 6994Tons BM
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck177'French Feet (Pied du Roi)57.4921 (188′ 7″ Imperial)
Length of Keel152'French Feet (Pied du Roi)49.3706 (161′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth47' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)15.2888 (50′ 1″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold22' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.2268 (23′ 8″ Imperial)


1751/04Broadside Weight = 900 French Livre (946 lbs 440.55 kg) NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck30French 36-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck32French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle18French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1751/0481111 officers, 800 menNNF-1715


17581758/02/28Chef d'escadre Michel-Ange Duquesne-Menneville (Marquis de Menneville)FWIKI

Service History

DateEvent Source
1756/05/20Battle of Minorca 
1758/02/28Taken by Monmouth in the Mediterranean 

Mutinery on board during the combat

1758/02/28Osborne's Action 


NNF-1715 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
FWIKI Wikipedia - FranceVariousWeb Site
ref:687 Mes campagnes de mer sous Louis XIVPhilippe de Vilette-MursayBook
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