French ship Argonaute (1798)

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Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Argonaute (1798), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Name: Argonaute
Namesake: Argonauts
Ordered: 10 July 1794
Builder: Lorient shipyard
Laid down: 10 July 1794
Launched: 22 December 1798
Commissioned: September 1799
Decommissioned: 1805
Fate: Exchanged with Spain, 1806
Name: Argonauta
Acquired: 1806
Fate: Broken up
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
  • 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
Armour: Timber

Argonaute was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

Under Vice-amiral Villaret de Joyeuse, she took part in the expedition to Saint-Domingue in 1802. She took part in the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805, and managed to return to Cádiz. Unable to leave the harbour because of the British blockage and damage, she was exchanged for the Spanish ship Vencedor in December 1806. She was renamed Argonauta, but was never recommissioned.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". (in French). Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Roche, Jean-Michel (2012). "Les bâtiments ayant porté le nom d'Argonaute". (in French). Retrieved 30 March 2013.