French ship Brave (1781)

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Name: Brave
Namesake: Brave
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: October 1779
Launched: 6 June 1781
In service: November 1781
Out of service: 1801
General characteristics
Class and type: Argonaute class ship of the line
Displacement: 1500 tonnes
Length: 55.2 m (181 ft)
Beam: 14.3 m (47 ft)
Draught: 7.4 m (24 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
  • 74 guns:
  • 28 36-pounders
  • 30 18-pounders
  • 16 8-pounders
  • Later rasé to 52
Armour: Timber

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

Commissioned in 1781, she was put in the reserve in 1788, but reactivated in March 1791. Two years later, she was decommissioned again, and razeed to a 52-gun frigate. She took part in the Biscay campaign of June 1795 under Captain Antoine René Thévenard.

She later served under Captain Rolland, and was used as a hulk in Toulon from 1798.

Sources and references[edit]

  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. p. 84. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.