French ship Algésiras (1804)
Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Algésiras (1804), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
|Namesake:||Battle of Algeciras|
|Captured:||14 June 1808|
|Fate:||Broken up in 1826|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Téméraire-class ship of the line|
|Length:||55.87 m (183 ft 4 in) (172 French feet)|
|Beam:||14.90 m (48 ft 11 in) (44' 6")|
|Draught:||7.26 m (23 ft 10 in) (22 French feet)|
|Propulsion:||Up to 2485 m² of sails|
|Complement:||3 officers + 690 men|
In October 1805 she took part in the Battle of Trafalgar, under Rear Admiral Charles Magon. She was engaged by HMS Tonnant at point-blank range, and Magon attempted a boarding, but the boarding party was annihilated by British fire which killed all but one of the party, who was made prisoner. Magon was killed. The fight went on for an hour with Tonnant's starboard guns duelling with the Algésiras, the port guns with Pluton, and the forward guns aimed at the San Juan Nepomuceno. Algésiras finally surrendered to Tonnant at around 14:30.
During the storm after the battle, her crew rose up against the British prize crew, and recaptured the ship. She sailed to Cádiz flying French colours.
On 14 June 1808 she was captured by the Spanish along with all the other French ships in Cadiz.
- Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". dossiersmarine.free.fr. Retrieved 4 April 2013.