French ship Borda (1864)

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Borda ex-Intrépide Bougault.jpg
The Borda as a school ship
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Namesake: Jean-Charles de Borda
Ordered: 1853
Builder: Rochefort. Plans by Henri Dupuy de Lôme
Laid down: 2 September 1853
Launched: 17 September 1864
Christened: Intrépide
Decommissioned: 1887
Renamed: Borda in 1890
Reclassified: School ship, 1890
Fate: Scrapped in 1921
General characteristics
Class and type: Algésiras class ship of the line
Displacement: 5160 tonnes
Length: 71.6 m (235 ft)
Beam: 16.8 m (55 ft)
Draught: 8.1 m (27 ft)
Propulsion: Sail (2010 m²)
3604 HP 8-boiler steam engine
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 340 men
Armament: 4 138mm guns

4 revolver guns

2 37mm guns
Armour: timber

The Borda was a 90-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

She was built from 1853 to 1863 in Rochefort as Intrépide. By the time she was completed, technology has elvolved so much that she was already obsolete, and she had to be transformed before she was launched. She was thus converted to mixed propulsion.

In 1866-67, she ferried the French expeditionary corps from Mexico back home. She took part in the capture of Sfax on 16 July 1881, and was put in the reserve in 1887.

In 1890, she was reinstated as school ship for the École Navale.