French ship Cassard (1795)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Cassard and French ship Brave.
the Achille
Scale model of the Achille, sister-ship of French ship Cassard (1795), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
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 & 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.