French ship Polonais (1808)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Polonais and French ship Glorieux.
the Achille
Scale model of the Achille, sister-ship of French ship Polonais (1808), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Career (France)
Name: Polonais
Namesake: Poland
Fleur-de-lis
Ordered: 25 February 1804
Builder: Lorient
Laid down: 4 July 1804
Launched: 27 May 1808
Commissioned: 25 July 1808
Renamed: Lys, 1814
Struck: 1822
Fate: Broken up, 1825
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
Armament: 74 guns:
16 × 8-pounder long guns
4 × 36-pounder carronades
Armour: Timber

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

First named Glorieux, she was renamed on 23 February 1807.

In 1809, under Captain Mequet, she departed Lorient with Troude's squadron, bound for the Caribbean. The squadron also comprised Hautpoult and Courageux. On 29 March, the ships arrived at the Saintes and landed reinforcements.

On 29 May, Polonais and Courageux reached Cherbourg, along with seven prizes captured on the way. Hautpoult had been captured in the Action of 14–17 April 1809.

In April 1814, at the Bourbon Restoration, she was renamed Lys; captained by Troude, she ferried Louis XVIII back to France. She was briefly renamed Polonais during the Hundred Days, and back to Lys again.

After the Bourbon Restoration, Lys was sent to retake possession of Martinique, along with the frigate Érigone and the corvette Vésuve. The squadron arrived at Fort Royal on 5 October 1814.[2]

From 1822, she was used as a storing hulk, and she was broken up in Brest the 1825.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". dossiersmarine.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, 1671–1870. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. p. 461. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 
  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, 1671–1870. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. p. 356. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.