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French Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Formidable' (1794) (74) 1794-1795
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1793 Renamed "Marat"
1795 Renamed "Formidable"
|Shipyard||Rochefort - Aunis||BWAS-1793|
|Ship Class||Duquesne Group variant of Téméraire Class||BWAS-1793|
|Ship Type||Ship of the Line||BWAS-1793|
|Sailing Rig||Ship Rigged||BWAS-1793|
A.M. - Fresh breezes and squally. Down topgallant yards. Made and shortened sail occasionally. At daylight, saw the enemy's fleet bearing East, distant 9 miles, consisting of 33 sail of the line, 5 frigates, and a brig. 5.40, answered the general signal to form the order of sailing. At 6, answered general signal to bear up and sail large and to prepare for battle. Made all sail, bearing down on enemy. Threw overboard unavoidably, in clearing for action, butts in packs 7. Do., cut for grog and topsail halyard tubs, 2. Do, cut for cook's tubs, 3. Puncheons and harness casks, 2; some beef and pork in harness tubs, iron hoops, 6 parcels, 10 in each; biscuit bags from the different berths, 90 in number. At 8, light airs. Body of enemy's fleet SE 6 miles, formed in line of battle. 3/4 past 8, Royal Sovereign made signal for larboard division to make more sail. At 9, Admiral made general signal to alter course 1 point