French ship Cassard (1795)

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For other ships with the same name, see French ship Cassard and French ship Brave.
the Cassard
Scale model of The Thomson Collection of Ship Models on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Name: Cassard
Ordered: 16 February 1793
Builder: Lorient
Laid down: August 1793
Launched: 2 May 1795
  • Cassard in 1795
  • Dix-août in 1798
  • Brave in 1803
Captured: 1806
United Kingdom
Acquired: 6 February 1806
Fate: Wrecked attempting to reach Britain in April 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

Cassard was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy. She was renamed Dix-août in 1798, in honour of the events of 10 August 1792, and subsequently Brave in 1803.


On 10 February 1801 Dix-août captured the 16-gun cutter HMS Sprightly, which she scuttled.

On the 27 March 1801, as Dix-août sailed with the fleet of Toulon, she collided with the Formidable and had to return to harbour.

On 4 February 1803, her name was changed to Brave.

She was captured by the HMS Donegal on 6 February 1806 at the Battle of San Domingo. She foundered shortly thereafter on 12 April (without loss of life) while en route to Britain.


  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, 1671 - 1870. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. p. 153. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.