French ship Nestor (1793)

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Scale model of the Achille, sister-ship of French ship Nestor (1793), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
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Name: Nestor
Namesake: Nestor
Builder: Brest
Laid down: 1793
Renamed: Cisalpin in 1797
Aquilon 1803
Fate: Destroyed, April 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

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

In the night of 30 December 1794, Nestor was dismasted due to the poor quality of her masts, and had to return to Brest for repairs. On her journey back, the Nestor met a British frigate under a false flag. The British officers closed in, addressed their French counterparts in perfect French, and were told the position of the French fleet.

In December 1796 she took part in the Expédition d'Irlande as flagship of Linois' squadron of three ships of the line and four frigates. After reaching Bantry Bay but deciding not to land troops on the advice of the Army generals, the squadron headed back to Brest, taking three prizes on the way and sailing through the English blockade by night.

She was burnt by the Royal Navy at the Battle of the Basque Roads in April 1809.

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  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 14 April 2013.  (French)

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