Le Tonnant

Nominal Guns80NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down10.1740NNF-1715
First Commissioned6.1744NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
Constructor François Coulomb (1653/54-1716/17)NNF-1715
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Broken Up11.1780NNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck168'French Feet (Pied du Roi)54.5696 (179′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel154'French Feet (Pied du Roi)50.0212 (164′ 1″ Imperial)
Breadth46'French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.9679 (49′ 1″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold23'French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.4975 (24′ 7″ Imperial)


6.1744Broadside 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
6.17447866 officers, 780 menNNF-1715

2 Commanding Officers

29.4.1759 - 21.1.1760Capitaine de Vaisseau Antoine de Marges de Saint-Victoret (1712-1788)ref:6721773Capitaine de Vaisseau Henri de Rochemore (1702-1778)FWIKI

2 Flag Officers

1759Contre-Amiral Joseph de Bauffremont (1714-1781)FWIKI2.4.1778 - 16.8.1779Chef d'escadre Pierre Claude Hocdenau (Comte de Breugnon) (1771-1792)ref:1275

1 Petty Officer

10.1747 - 1748Garde de la Marine François-Pierre Huon de Kermadec (1726-1787)ref:673

Service History

14.10.17472nd Battle of Cape Finisterre
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
4.1780Condemned at RochefortNNF-1715


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Thursday 18th of July 2019 08:10

Thanks Albert, looks like a typo and has been corrected

Posted by Albert Parker on Wednesday 17th of July 2019 20:25

The source cited gives the length of Tonnant's gun deck as 168 French feet = 54.5729 meters = 179'½" British; so does Winfield and Roberts, French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1626-1786.

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