French ship Foudroyant (1800)

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Laid down: 1793
Launched: 1800
Fate: Broken up in 1834
General characteristics
Class and type: Tonnant class ship of the line
Displacement: 1800 tonnes
Length: 59.3 m (195 ft)
Beam: 15.3 m (50 ft)
Draught: 7.8 m (26 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
Armour: Timber

The Foudroyant ("Lightning") was a Tonnant class 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

She was started in Rochefort from 1793, and renamed to Dix-huit fructidor in 1798 in honour of the Coup of 18 fructidor an V, as she was still on keel. She was eventually launched as Foudroyant.

She took part in cruises in the Caribbean under Villaret de Joyeuse.

On 15 September 1806, while under jury rig some 15 miles off Havana, she encountered HMS Anson, under Captain Charles Lydiard. Anson, mistakenly believing Foudroyant distressed, attacked, and was driven off.

She took part in the Battle of the Basque Roads.

She was eventually broken up in 1834.


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