French ship Héros (1778)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other ships of the same name, see French ship Héros.
Heros img 3178.jpg
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Builder: Toulon arsenal
Laid down: 1778
Fate: scuttled by fire on 18 December 1793
General characteristics
Length: 168 ft (51 m)
Beam: 436 ft (133 m)
Draught: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: sail

74 guns:
Lower battery: 28 36-pounders
Upper battery: 30 18-pounders

Castles: 16 8-pounders
Armour: timber

The Héros was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, known mostly for being the flagship of Pierre André de Suffren de Saint Tropez during the American war of independence.

She was built in 1778 at Toulon on a design by Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb.

In 1781, she became the flagship of Suffren, notably leading the French line at the Battle of Porto Praya.

She was in Toulon when the city was captured by the British. When the city was liberated in 1793, the British scuttled her by fire.