Le Magnifique

Nominal Guns74NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1747/12NNF-1715
First Commissioned1750/07
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardBrest NNF-1715
Ship ClassMagnifique Class
ConstructorJacques-Luc CoulombNNF-1715
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RatePremier Rang
Ship TypeShip of the Line


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck165'French Feet (Pied du Roi)53.5941 (175′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth43'French Feet (Pied du Roi)13.9935 (45′ 10″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold20' 4"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.6043 (21′ 8″ Imperial)


1750/07Broadside 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
1750/076666 Officers, 660 menNNF-1715

Commanding Officers

1759Capitaine de VaisseauSébastien-François Bigot de MoroguesFWIKI1776 - 1777Capitaine de VaisseauFrançois-Pierre Huon de Kermadecref:673

Commissioned Officers

1759 - 1760Lieutenant de VaisseauFrançois-Pierre Huon de Kermadecref:673


1778 - 1781PilotePierre MartinFWIKI

Service History

1759/11/20Battle of Quiberon Bay
1778/07/271st Battle of Ushant
1780/04/17Battle of Martinique
1782/04/12Battle of the Saintes


NNF-1715 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
FWIKI Wikipedia - FranceVariousWeb Site
ref:673 Parcours d'officiers dans la Royale Web Site

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Posted by art milmore on Thursday 27th of October 2016 15:40

i'v learned that the america had been scrapped 3-4 yrs later in french service due to the wood being green and not allowed to dry out. this results in warping and much leakage also the ship had to be careened the previous yr to her loss in the carribean due to having to repace a rotted bottom plank. no wonder the ship filled with water after hitting the mud... the local divers are still finding her cannonballs today and they are in great condition off the northern side of lovells island. i've held one of them in my hand art milmore maritime/naval historian im researching the ship for a chapter in my second book

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