Le Sphinx

Nominal Guns64NNF-1715
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Sphinx' (1755) (64)
Keel Laid Down1.1775NNF-1715
First Commissioned1777NNF-1715
How acquiredPurpose builtNNF-1715
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassSphinx ClassNNF-1774
Constructor Pierre SalinocNNF-1774
CategoryThird RateNNF-1715
National RateDeuxième RangNNF-1715
Ship TypeShip of the Line NNF-1715
Sailing RigShip RiggedNNF-1715


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck150'French Feet (Pied du Roi)48.72 (159′ 10″ Imperial)
Length of Keel135'French Feet (Pied du Roi)43.8519 (143′ 10″ 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)


5.1793Broadside Weight = 249.5 French Livre (269.2604 lbs 122.1304 kg)NNF-1715
Gun Deck12 French 36-Pounder
Gun Deck4 French 16-Pound Obusier
Gun Deck6 Pierrier
Gun Deck2 French 12" Mortar

2 Ship Commanders

1778Capitaine de VaisseauChevalier Claude-René Pâris de Soulanges (1736-1795)ref:6311782 - 1783Capitaine de Vaisseau Charles Louis du Chilleau (Vicomte du Chilleau) (1738-1825)E-WIKI

Service History

27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
16.4.1781Battle of Porto Praya
17.2.1782Battle of Sadras
12.4.1782Battle of Providien
6.6.1782Took the Armed Troopship Raikes (10) off the East coast of India
9.6.1782Took the Sloop Drake (12) off Negapatam
10.6.1782Took the Survey Vessel Resolution (12) off Negapatam
6.7.17822nd Battle of Negapatam
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore


5.1793Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Floating Battery


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Jacques Valat on Sunday 27th of September 2015 21:39

1781/04/18 is involved in battle of Port Praya

Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 10th of June 2012 22:47

17 Apr 1780 Sphinx at battle of Martinique "ref Wikipedia"

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