Scale model of the
, sister-ship of French ship Brutus (1803), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
31 May 1798
22 September 1798
24 January 1803
14 September 1806
Impétueux on 5 February 1803
Beached and set ablaze by the British in Chesapeake on 14 September 1806
Class & type:
Téméraire-class ship of the line
tonnes 5,260 tonnes fully loaded
55.87 metres (183.3 ft) (172
14.90 metres (48 ft 11 in)
7.26 metres (23.8 ft) (22
Up to 2,485 m
2 (26,750 sq ft) of sails
was a Brutus 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 and Bellona ; unable to fight, she beached herself in Melampus Chesapeake Bay. The wreck was set ablaze by the British and the crew was taken prisoner.
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