French ship Auguste

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Auguste Chesapeake.jpg
Auguste fighting at the Battle of the Chesapeake
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Name: Auguste
Namesake: Augustus, Jacobin Club, Thermidorian Reaction
Builder: Brest
Laid down: December 1777
Launched: 18 September 1778
Commissioned: March 1779
Decommissioned: 29 January 1795
Fate: Wrecked off Brest on 29 January 1795
General characteristics
Displacement: 1900 tonnes
Length: 60.4 m (198 ft)
Beam: 14.9 m (49 ft)
Draught: 7.8 m (26 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament:

80 guns:

  • Lower gundeck: 30 × 36-pounder long guns
  • Upper gundeck: 32 × 24-pounder long guns
  • Forecastle and Quarter deck:
22 × 8-pounder long guns
Armour: Timber

The Auguste was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

In 1781 and 1782, she took part in the Naval operations in the American Revolutionary War, under Admiral de Grasse. She fought at the Battle of the Chesapeake under captain Bougainville.

In March 1793, she was renamed Jacobin. She took part in the Bataille du 13 prairial an 2, where she followed the flagship Montagne, and failed to prevent HMS Queen Charlotte from breaking the French line.

In December 1794, she was renamed Neuf Thermidor. On 29 January, as she took part in the Croisière du Grand Hiver, she was caught in a tempest off Brest and wrecked with the loss of most of her crew.