Le Saint Esprit

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Nominal Guns74NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down1.1724NNF-1715
Launched9.1.1726NNF-1715
First Commissioned4.1728NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
Constructor Pierre-Blaise Coulomb (1699-1753)NNF-1715
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
Broken Up1761NNF-1715

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck154'French Feet (Pied du Roi)50.0212 (164′ 1″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.3318 (47′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold20' 1"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.5231 (21′ 4″ Imperial)
Burthen1,400Ton 

Armament


4.1728Broadside Weight = 776 French Livre (837.4592 lbs 379.852 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck26 French 36-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle16 French 6-Pounder
Roundhouse4 French 4-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
4.172856212 officers, 550 menNNF-1715

1 Ship Commander


DatesRankNameSource
1745Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Antoine d'Albert du Chaine (2nd Marquis d'Albert du Chesne) (1686-1751)ref:631

Service History


DateEventSource
20.7.1728Bombardment of Tripoli
10.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
26.7.1745Jersey v St Esprit

 

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Posted by Cy on Monday 29th of March 2021 16:03

You are absolutely correct. But I suggest you read the 'Rates' page linked in the menu at the top of the page.


Posted by F.F. on Monday 29th of March 2021 15:37

In the time the Saint-Esprit was launched, a 74-gun ship of the line was a second rate (more accurately : second order of the second rate) in the French navy. See : Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau, Élémen[t]s de l'architecture navale : ou, Traité pratique de la construction des vaisseaux, Paris, Joubert, 1752, p. 5 (« On a coûtume de diſtinguer les Vaiſſeaux de différentes grandeurs par des claſſes qu'on appelle rang ; les plus gros ſont du premier rang & les plus petits ſont du troiſieme ; paſſé ce terme ce ſont des Frégates , qu'on diſtingue par le nombre des canons qu'elles portent : les plus petites s'appellent des corvettes. Outre la diſtinction des Vaiſſeaux par rang , on diviſe encore chaque rang en deux claſſes qu'on nomme ordre : ainſi on dit des Vaiſſeaux du premier rang , premier ordre ») and p. 17 (first rate, first order : from 110 to 120 guns ; first rate, second order : from 92 to 108 guns ; second rate, second order : from 76 to 90 guns ; second rate, second order : from 62 to 74 guns ; third rate, first order : from 52 to 60 guns ; third rate, second order : 48 or 50 guns ; from 20 to 46 guns : frigates ; 20 or less : corvettes).

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