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Le Brave

Nominal Guns74E-WIKI
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down10.1779E-WIKI
How acquiredPurpose builtE-WIKI
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis E-WIKI
Ship ClassArgonaute Class lengthened variant of Scipion Class (1779)E-WIKI
Designed by
François-Guillaume Clairain des LauriersFrench
Naval Sailor
Ship Builder
Service 1738-1768
Jean-Denis ChevillardFrench
Ship Builder
CategoryThird RateE-WIKI
National RatePremier Rang
Ship TypeShip of the LineE-WIKI
Sailing RigShip RiggedE-WIKI
Last Mentioned1803E-WIKI


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW033
Length of Gundeck170' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)55.216 (181′ 1″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.2912 (46′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold21' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.9832 (22′ 10″ Imperial)


1781Broadside Weight = 838 French Livre (904.3696 lbs 410.201 kg)W033
Lower Gun Deck28 French 36-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle16 French 8-Pounder

2 Ship Commanders

6.6.1781 - 12.4.1782Capitaine de Vaisseauref:6731787Capitaine de Vaisseau
Chevalier Nicolas de GrimouardFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1757-1793

1 Crewman

21.1.1794 - 13.11.1795Mousse
Paul Joseph Marie FauréFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1816-1841

Service History

12.12.17812nd Battle of Ushant
9.4.1782Action off Dominique
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
1794Refitted as a 42 gun Fourth Rate FrigateE-WIKI
16.6.1795First Battle of Groix
1.1798Refitted as a Unrated Hulk at BrestE-WIKI

Notes on Ship


The designer also builder died during the construction : end of the ship by Chevillard .


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Posted by Laurent buchet on Friday 10th of June 2016 13:31

found on EN Wiki
The Brave was a 74-gun Argonaute class ship of the line of the French Navy.

Commissioned in 1781, she was put in the reserve in 1788, but reactivated in March 1791. Two years later, she was decommissioned again, and razeed to a 52-gun frigate. She took part in the Biscay campaign of June 1795 under Captain Antoine René Thévenard.

She later served under Captain Rolland, and was used as a hulk in Toulon from 1798.

Found in
"Batailles navales de la France II":(O.Troude)
on April 12 1782 Brave's Captain was Comte Fuschamberg d'Amblimont

Found in
"Batailles navales de la France III":
End of April 1797; Brave take part to defend Brest under order of "chef de division" Ganteaume (Honoré)

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