French ship Brutus (1803)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other ships with the same name, see French ship Brutus.
Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Brutus (1803), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Name: Brutus
Namesake: Brutus
Ordered: 31 May 1798
Builder: Lorient
Laid down: 22 September 1798
Launched: 24 January 1803
Commissioned: March 1803
Decommissioned: 14 September 1806
Renamed: Impétueux on 5 February 1803
Fate: Beached and set ablaze by the British in Chesapeake on 14 September 1806
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

Brutus was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy. Launched on 24 January 1803, she was renamed Impétueux on 5 February 1803.

She served in the Caribbean under Willaumez during the Atlantic campaign of 1806.

On 19 August 1806, she was dismasted in a tempest and drifted until 10 September. On the 14th, she was chased by Strachan's squadron comprising Belleisle, Bellona and Melampus; unable to fight, she beached herself in Chesapeake Bay. The wreck was set ablaze by the British and the crew was taken prisoner.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 4 April 2013.