French ship Génois (1805)

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Portrait of Borée, sister-ship of Génois, on 12 April 1807, by Antoine Roux
Name: Génois
Namesake: Genoa (demonym)
Ordered: 8 July 1803 [1]
Builder: Muzzio and Migone, Genoa [1]
Launched: 16 August 1805.[1]
Commissioned: 1 November 1805 [1]
Struck: 1821 [1]
Fate: Broken up in 1821 [1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
Length: 54 m (177 ft 2 in) [1]
Beam: 14.3 m (46 ft 11 in) [1]
Draught: 6.7 m (22 ft 0 in) [1]
Propulsion: Up to 2,485 m2 (26,750 sq ft) of sails [1]
Complement: 678 men [1]

Génois was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, of the sub-type of Borée and Pluton.

Design and construction[edit]

Designed based on plans by Jacques-Noël Sané, and updated by Maillot, she was the prototype of a new variant of the Téméraire class designed to have a smaller draught, allowing the production of ships of the line in the shallower harbours. Borée was built is Antwerp, and Génois in Genoa.[1]

Construction of Génois was awarded to the shipbuilding company Muzzio and Migone, who botched the launch on 6 August 1805: the ship stopped dead on her launching berth, and her keel hogged.[1] Engineer Forfait was sent to Genoa to save the ship, and managed to launch her properly on 16 August.[3]


Génois was commissioned under Captain Lhermite on 2 November 1805.[1][4] She remained in Genoa un 1806,[5] before sailing to Toulon and taking part in the Mediterranean squadron under Vice-Admiral Ganteaume.[6] In early 1808, she sailed from Toulon to Taranto,[7] and took part in expeditions to supply Corfu.[8]

In the spring of 1809, Lhermite was replaced by Captain Montalan,[9] who took command in April, and retain it until Génois was disarmed on 23 June 1814.[10]

In March 1821, under Captain Bénard-Fleury, she ferried food supplies from Toulon to Rochefort.[11]

She was struck and broken up in 1821 in Toulon.[1]

Notes and References[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Roche, p.223
  2. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Levot, p.192
  4. ^ Fonds Marine, p.324
  5. ^ Fonds Marine, p.348
  6. ^ Fonds Marine, p.359
  7. ^ Fonds Marine, p.373
  8. ^ Levot, p.315
  9. ^ Fonds Marine, p.398
  10. ^ Quintin, p.286
  11. ^ Fonds Marine, p.542