French ship Aquilon (1789)

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Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Aquilon (1789), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
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Name: Aquilon
Namesake: Anemoi
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: September 1787
Launched: 8 June 1789
Acquired: June 1790
Captured: 2 August 1798
United Kingdom
Name: Aboukir
Acquired: 2 August 1798
Fate: Broken up in Plymouth in 1802
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
  • 1,966 tonnes
  • 3,260 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
Armour: Timber

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

She served off Italy in Vice-Admiral Brueys' squadron under Captain Antoine-René Thévenard, and took part in the Battle of the Nile, where she fought HMS Vanguard, HMS Minotaur and HMS Theseus. She was captured and recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Aboukir.[2]

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  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Benyon, P. (2011). "HMS Aboukir". Naval Database. Retrieved 30 March 2013.