Implacable -> 1943 Foudroyant

Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Duguay Trouin' (1800) (74)
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis W006
Ship ClassDuquesne Group variant of Téméraire ClassW006
Designed byJacques-Noël Sané (1740-1831)W006
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck181' 6"Imperial Inch4.5974 (15′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel148' 11 ⅝"Imperial Inch3.7592 (12′ 3″ Imperial)
Breadth48' 11"Imperial Inch1.2192 (3′ 11″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold20' 7"Imperial Inch0.508 (1′ 7″ Imperial)
Burthen1,895 2294Tons BM 


1806Broadside Weight = 998 Imperial Pound ( 452.593 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck30 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

9 Commanding Officers

1806 - 1807CaptainHenry William Bayntun (1766-1840)BWAS-17931807CommanderGeorge Charles MackenzieBWAS-17931.1808 - 1.1809CaptainThomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)BWAS-17931.1809 - 1810CaptainGeorge Charles MackenzieBWAS-17931810 - 10.1811CaptainGeorge Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-179310.1811 - 10.1812CaptainJoshua Rowley Watson (1772-1810)BWAS-17931.2.1839 - 28.1.1842CaptainEdward Harvey (1783-1865)W0259.6.1855 - 1860CaptainArthur Lowe (1814-1882)W0257.4.1860 - 30.1.1861CommanderJohn William Dorville (d.1894)W025

1 Flag Officer

1810 - 10.1811Rear-Admiral of the Red Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

1.1808 - 19.9.1808First LieutenantAugustus BaldwinNBD184923.4.1811 - 2.4.1814LieutenantJohn Donaldson Boswall (1790-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman

14.4.1809 - 18101st Class VolunteerHerbert Ashton (d.1876)NBD1849

Service History

10.11.1805Arrived at Plymouth and laid upBWAS-1793
9.1807Started a small repair and refit at PlymouthBWAS-1793
1.1808Recommissioned for the BalticBWAS-1793
3.1808Completed small repair and refit at a cost of £34,585BWAS-1793
25.8.1808Capture of the Vsevolod
1.1809At CorunnaBWAS-1793
7.7.1809Took 6 Russian gunboats in Baro SoundBWAS-1793
17.7.1810Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
10.1812Started a very large repair at PlymouthBWAS-1793
11.1812Paid offBWAS-1793
1.1815Completed the very large repair at a cost of £66,857, then placed in ordinaryBWAS-1793
7.1826Started a small repair at PlymouthBWAS-1793
12.1826Completed a small repair at a cost of £20,510BWAS-1793
2.1836Fitted as a demonstration shipBWAS-1793
2.1839Started fitting for seaBWAS-1793
2.1839Recommissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
4.1839Completed fitting at a cost of £12,552BWAS-1793
1840Took part in the operations against Syria and then went into ordinary at DevonportBWAS-1793
6.1855Started fitting as a training ship, completed in JulyBWAS-1793
21.3.1912Lent to Wheatley Cobb at FalmouthBWAS-1793
12.9.1912Sailed for FalmouthBWAS-1793
1943Renamed FoudroyantBWAS-1793
1.1947Paid offBWAS-1793
2.12.1949Scuttled in the Channel after a preservation plan had failed. She was to have preserved in the dock now occupied by the Cutty SarkBWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

The bitter end
A video of her last voyage can be viewed here


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