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Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
Keel Laid Down2.1771NNF-1715
First Commissioned2.1773NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBrest Dockyard - Brest BWAS-1714
Ship ClassArtesien ClassFWAS1786
Designed by
Joseph-Louis OllivierFrench
Ship Builder
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
National RateDeuxième Rang
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
British Third Rate ship of the line 'Prothee' (1780) (64) 1780-1815
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck154'French Feet (Pied du Roi)50.0212 (164′ 1″ Imperial)
Length of Keel141'French Feet (Pied du Roi)45.7975 (150′ 3″ Imperial)
Breadth40' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)13.1544 (43′ 1″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold20'French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.496 (21′ 3″ Imperial)


2.1773Broadside Weight = 510 French Livre (550.392 lbs 249.645 kg)NNF-1715
Lower Gun Deck26 French 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 French 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle10 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.17735699 officers, 560 menNNF-1715

1 Flag Officer

2.1780 - 24.2.1780Capitaine de Vaisseau, as Chef de Division
Charles Louis du Chilleau (Vicomte du Chilleau)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1814

2 Commissioned Officers

24.3.1779 - 24.5.1779Lieutenant de Vaisseau
Jean-Baptiste Carey d’AsnièresFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1774
† Discharged Dead
1780 - 24.2.1780Lieutenant de VaisseauFWIKI

Service History

24.2.1780Taken by
Bedford (74) 1775-1817
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
off Madeira

24.2.1780Taken by
Marlborough (74) 1767-1800
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
off Madeira

24.2.1780Taken by
Resolution (74) 1770-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
off Madeira


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