Le César

2038
Nominal Guns74NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Ordered10.3.1767E-WIKI
Keel Laid Down8.1767E-WIKI
Launched3.8.1768NNF-1715
First Commissioned11.1768NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
Ship ClassCésar ClassNNF-1715
Designed by Antoine Groignard (1727-1799)NNF-1715
Constructor Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1715
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RatePremier RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Sunk in Action12.4.1782NNF-1715

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck168'French Feet (Pied du Roi)54.5696 (179′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel151' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)49.048 (160′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth43' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.0205 (45′ 11″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold20' 9"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.7396 (22′ 1″ Imperial)
Burthen1,500Ton 

Armament


11.1768Broadside Weight = 838 French Livre (904.3696 lbs 410.201 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck28 French 36-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle16 French 8-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
11.17687216 officers, 715 menNNF-1715

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1778 - 1779Chef d'Escadre, Chef de DivisionChevalier Jacques Joseph de Rafélis de Broves (Comte de Rafélis de Broves) (1715-1782)E-WIKI

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1778 - 1779Enseigne de Vaisseau Joseph-Barthélémy de Rafélis de Broves (Comte de Rafélis de Broves) (1753-1824)ref:631

Service History


DateEventSource
14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
9.4.1782Action off Dominique
12.4.1782

This ship being on fire, itself fatally wounded, the Commander said to his crew: "So much the better, the English will not have it." Close the doors and try to save yourselves my friends ”. The ship blew up and 400 to 600 men perished

ref:631
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes

 

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