French galley La Réale (1694)

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The réale returning to port.jpg
The Réale returning to port
Royal standard of the galley corpsKingdom of France
Namesake: "Royal"
Laid down: December 1692
Launched: April 1694
Commissioned: May 1694
Decommissioned: 1720
General characteristics
Displacement: 280 tonnes
Length: 57 m (187 ft)
Beam: 7.7 m (25 ft)
Draught: 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • Sail
  • 30 pairs of oars, 6 rowers to each oar
  • 360 rowers
  • 45 oar officers
  • 35 officers
  • 110 soldiers
Crew: 550 (total)
  • one 36-pounder
  • two 8-pounders
  • two 6-pounders

La Réale ("the royal") was a galley of the French galley corps, and the flagship of the French galley fleet under Louis XIV. She was designed by Jean-Baptiste Chabert, and built in Marseille between 1692 and 1694.[1]


La Réale was termed a galère extraordinaire ("extraordinary galley") since she had a larger crew than normal fleet galleys.[2]

The status of Réale was thus defined:

The decorations of the stern are on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris. The museum also features a contemporary model of an ordinary galley modified to look like the Réale.


  1. ^ Les pavillons de la marine sous l’Ancien Régime
  2. ^ In the French nomenclature for galleys, "ordinary galleys" had 26 pairs of oars with 6 oarsmen per bank; "extraordinary" ones had 29, 30 or 32 banks with 6 or 7 oarsmen.
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