French ship Commerce de Marseille (1785)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Commerce de Marseille.
the Achille
Scale model of the Achille, sister-ship of French ship Commerce de Marseille (1785), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Commerce de Marseille
Builder: Toulon shipyard
Laid down: September 1784
Launched: 7 October 1785
Completed: September 1787
Renamed: Lys (July 1786)
Tricolore (October 1792)
Captured: Handed over to the British on 29 August 1793
Fate: Burnt on 18 December 1793
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
Displacement: 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
Armament: 74 guns:
16 × 8-pounder long guns
4 × 36-pounder carronades
Armour: Timber

Commerce de Marseille was a Téméraire class of the French Navy. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from Marseille.

She was renamed Lys in July 1786 and Tricolore in October 1792. She was one of the ships in Toulon when the city was surrendered to the protection of a British force under Admiral Lord Hood in August 1793. Tricolore was subsequently burnt by the British in their withdrawal from the port in December that year.

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