French ship Citoyen (1764)

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Name: Citoyen
Namesake: "Citizen"
Ordered: May 1757
Builder: Brest
Laid down: July 1761
Launched: 27 August 1764
In service: December 1764
General characteristics
Class and type: Citoyen class ship of the line
Displacement: 1500 tonnes
Length: 55.1 metres
Beam: 14.1 metres
Draught: 6.8 metres
Propulsion: Sail
Armour: Timber

The Citoyen was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of her class. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from the bankers and General Treasurers of the Army.

Ordered in May 1757 as Cimeterre, the ship was renamed Citoyen on 20 January 1762. A launching attempt aborted on 10 August 1764, when she came to a halt on the ramp, and she was eventually set afloat 17 days later.

She took part in the Battle of Martinique (1780). In 1781, under Captain de Thy, she was appointed to the squadron of Admiral de Grasse and took part in the Battle of Fort Royal in April. On 24 August, along with Glorieux, she captured HMS Cormorant off Charleston. In September, she took part in the Battle of the Chesapeake.

In 1783, she was decommissioned, and was eventually broken up in 1791.

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