Le Duc d'Aquitaine

Nominal Guns64NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorCompagnie des Indes
Keel Laid Down9.1753NNF-1715
First Commissioned1.1755NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardLorient - Brittany NNF-1715
ConstructorNicolas LevesqueNNF-1715
Ship TypeEast Indiaman NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Duc d'Aquitaine' (1757) (64)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck150' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)48.72 (159′ 10″ Imperial)
Length of Keel135' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)43.848 (143′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth40' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)12.992 (42′ 7″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold17' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.5216 (18′ 1″ Imperial)


1.1755Broadside Weight = 168 French Livre (181.3056 lbs 82.236 kg)NNF-1715
Gun Deck4 French 36-Pounder
Gun Deck16 French 12-Pounder

30.5.1757Broadside Weight = 450 French Livre (485.64 lbs 220.275 kg)B103
Gun Deck50 French 18-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.175526011 officers, 249 menNNF-1715
30.5.1757463 B103
30.5.1757493for 50 gunsBG

1 Commanding Officer

1757 - 30.5.1757Capitaine , Compagnie des Indes d'Esquelen (Sieur d'Esquelen)BG

Service History

30.5.1757Action of 30 May 1757
30.5.1757Taken by Medway (60) B103
30.5.1757Taken by Eagle (60) B103

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, June 11.

The Lords of the Admiralty have received an account, that on the 30th of last mMonth, be tween 1 and 2 in the morning, His Majesty's Ships the Eagle and Medway, being about 48 D. North, and 2 D. West Longitude from the Lizard, gave chace to a large ship under French Colours, standing to the Eastward and, coming up with her about 4, they attacked her with a very brisk fire for about three quarters of an hour, when she struck. She proves to be the Duke d'Aquitaine, commanded by the Sieur d'Esquelen, of about 1500 Tons, mounts 50 guns upon two decks, all 18-pounders  had on board 493 men, and belonged to the French East India Company She lost in the engagement about 50 killed, and a great many wounded, 22 very dangerously ; and all her masts, sails and rigging broke away and fell over board before night, She came from Lisbon, where she landed, some months ago, a very rich cargo from the East-Indies; and, when taken,was only equipped for war, with orders to cruize for 15 days, 10 or 12 leagues off the Rock of Lisbon, in order to intercept the Mermaid, one of our 20-gun ships, which was on the point of sailing from Lisbon with a convoy. During her cruize, she took an English Brig from Cadiz, bound to Cork, which was ransomed for 200£. The Eagle had 10 men killed, and 32 wounded in the engagement with the Duke d'Aquitaine . but, as the Medway's fire could only be employed in raking her, she had only 10 men wounded.

Pierced for 64 guns


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