French ship Auguste (1779)
Auguste fighting at the Battle of the Chesapeake
|Namesake:||Augustus, Jacobin Club, Thermidorian Reaction|
|Laid down:||December 1777|
|Launched:||18 September 1778|
|In service:||March 1779|
|Fate:||Foundered off Brest on 29 January 1795, most hands lost.|
|Type:||80-gun ship of the line|
|Length:||60.4 m (198 ft)|
|Beam:||14.9 m (49 ft)|
|Draught:||7.8 m (26 ft)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
Auguste was an 80-gun ship of the line in the French Navy, laid down in 1777 and in active service from 1779. She tooks part in the Naval operations in the American Revolutionary War and later in the French Revolutionary Wars, notably fighting at the Combat de Prairial. She was lost with most hands during the Croisière du Grand Hiver in January 1795.
Soon after her commissioning, from June to September 1779, Auguste patroles the Channel under Captain de Rochechouart. She took part in the Battle of St. Lucia, the Battle of Fort Royal and the Battle of the Chesapeake under captain Bougainville.
In 1793, she was renamed to Jacobin and was part of the Brest squadron. She was involved in the Quibéron mutinies in September 1793.
In December 1794, she was renamed Neuf Thermidor. On 29 January, as she took part in the Croisière du Grand Hiver, she was caught in a tempest off Brest and wrecked with the loss of most of her crew.
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