French ship Formidable (1751)

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French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Name: Formidable
Launched: 1751
Captured: 20 November 1759, by Royal Navy
Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
Name: Formidable
Acquired: 20 November 1759
Fate: Broken up, 1768
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 80-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 2002 tons (2034.1 tonnes)
Length: 188 ft (57 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 49 ft 2.75 in (15.0051 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft 4.5 in (6.515 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 80 guns of various weights of shot

Formidable was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched in 1751.

She fought at the Battle of Quiberon Bay on 20 November 1759, where she served as the flagship of De Saint André du Vergé. HMS Resolution captured her at the battle and the Admiralty commissioned her in the Royal Navy as the Third Rate HMS Ham.


Formidable was broken up in 1768.

In popular culture[edit]

The Formidable appears as a legendary ship fought in the 2014 video game Assassin's Creed: Rogue at the Battle of Quiberon Bay. In contrast to the game, the ship was sunk by the protagonist Shay Cormac with his ship, the Morrigan, instead of being captured by the Royal Navy.


  1. ^ Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1. p178.


  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650–1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.