French ship Brutus (1803)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Brutus.
the Achille
Scale model of the 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 & 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.

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