French ship Lion (1803)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Lion.
the Achille
Scale model of the Achille, sister-ship of French ship Lion (1803), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Career (France)
Name: Lion
Builder: Rochefort, Charente-Maritime
Laid down: 30 June 1802
Launched: 12 January 1804
Fate: Scuttled and burnt on 26 October 1809
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
Displacement: 2,966 tonnes
5,260 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 55.87 metres (183.3 ft) (172 pied)
Beam: 14.90 metres (48 ft 11 in)
Draught: 7.26 metres (23.8 ft) (22 pied)
Propulsion: Up to 2,485 m2 (26,750 sq ft) of sails

74 guns:

16 × 8-pounder long guns
4 × 36-pounder carronades
Armour: Timber

Lion was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

She took part in Allemand's expedition of 1805 under Captain Eleonore-Jean-Nicolas Soleil.

On 21 October 1809, she departed Toulon escorting a convoy bound to Barcelona. Six days into the journey, she encountered a British squadron sent by Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, which gave chase. Lion ran aground near Sète, and was set on fire by her crew to avoid capture.

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  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 4 April 2013.  (French)