Le Magnifique

Nominal Guns74NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down12.1747NNF-1715
First Commissioned7.1750NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Ship ClassMagnifique ClassNNF-1715
Constructor Jacques-Luc Coulomb (1713-1791)NNF-1715
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RatePremier RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


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)


7.1750Broadside 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
7.17506666 Officers, 660 menNNF-1715

1 Commissioned Officer

1759 - 1760Lieutenant de Vaisseau François-Pierre Huon de Kermadec (1726-1787)ref:673

1 Crewman

1778 - 1781Pilote Pierre Martin (1752-1820)FWIKI

Service History

20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
12.12.17812nd Battle of Ushant
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes


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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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