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Le Magnanime

Nominal Guns74NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down5.1741BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1.1745NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis NNF-1715
Designed by
Blaise GeslainFrench
Ship Builder
Blaise GeslainFrench
Ship Builder
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RatePremier RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck173' 7"Imperial Feet52.7328 
Length of Keel140' 7 ½"Imperial Feet42.6847 
Breadth49' 4 ½"Imperial Feet14.9479 
Depth in Hold21' 7"Imperial Feet6.5786 
Burthen1,823 4594Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck165'French Feet (Pied du Roi)53.5941 (175′ 9″ Imperial)
Length of Keel153' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)49.6975 (163′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.3318 (47′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold22' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)7.1456 (23′ 5″ Imperial)


1.1745Broadside 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
1.17457066 Officers, 700 menNNF-1715
31.1.1747686 BG

2 Ship Commanders

18.7.1746 - 1747Capitaine de Vaisseau de Seconde ClasseFWIKI1.10.1747 - 12.1.1748Chef d'EscadreFWIKI

1 Commissioned Officer

18.7.1746 - 16.7.1747Lieutenant de Vaisseauref:1275

3 Petty Officers

12.6.1745 - 9.5.1746Garde de la Marine
Jean-François d'ArrosFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1784
1746Garde de la Marine
François Hector d'AlbertFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1789
1.1.1747 - 31.1.1747Enseigne de Vaisseau
Antoine de Marges de Saint-VictoretFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1769

Service History

31.1.1747Action of 1747/01/31
31.1.1747Taken by
Nottingham (60) 1745-1773
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
in the Soundings
31.1.1747Taken by
Portland (50) 1744-1763
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
in the Soundings
25.3.1747Action of March 25 1747
20.6.1747Action of June 20 1747

Notes on Ship


Admiralty - Office, Marsh 4.

On the 31st of january last, in the morning, Sir Edward Hawke being on a cruize in the Soundings with a squadron of his Majesty's Ships, made signals for the Nottingham of 60 Guns, commanded by Captain Harland and the Portland of 50 Guns, commanded by Captain Steevens, to give chace to a sail seen in the North West: The Nottingham came up with the chace about 10 o'Clock, and began to engage and the Portland did the like about 1 hour afterwards, both sides firing only their upper deck guns, there being too great a sea for any other: about 4 in the afternoon the ship they had engaged struck her colours, and hosted an English Jack. She proved to be the Magnanime French Ship of War of 74 Guns, and 686 men, commanded by the Marquis d'Abert, Chef d'Escadre, which sailed from Brest the 13 th of January O. S. in Company with the Alcide of 64 Guns, Arc-en-Ciel of 54 and a Frigate, which were to be joined at Cadiz, or the Cape de Verd Islands, by the Conquerant of 74, the Content of 64, and Floriflame of 54 Guns from Toulon, in order to proceed to the East Indies. In Lat. 45. 24. NQ about 120 Leagues from Cape Finisterre, the Magnanime lost her topmasts in a hard gale of wind, in the night of the 31th of January, and parted company with the other ships, and was returning to Brest to get other masts, when she was taken as abovementioned, arid was brought into Plymouth on the 2d Instant.

In the Action the Magnanime had 45 men killed, and 105 wounded , the Nottingham had 16 killed and 18 wounded; and the Portland 4 wounded.


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