French ship Hercule (1778)

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Scipion, sister-ship of Hercule raking HMS London during the Action of 18 October 1782.
Ensign of the French Royal NavyFrance
Name: Hercule
Honours and
Fate: Broken up 1799
General characteristics
Class and type: Scipion class
Tons burthen: 1500 tonnes
Length: 53.8 tonnes
Beam: 14.1 tonnes
Draught: 7.3 m (24 ft)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament: 74 to 78 guns of various weights of shot

Hercule was a Scipion class 74-gun French ship of the line built at Rochefort.

Under Captain Jean-Baptiste Turpin du Breuil she took part in the Battle of the Chesapeake and under Captain Jean Isaac Chadeau de la Clocheterie in the Battle of the Saintes.

Hercule was razéed in 1794. In May 1795, she was renamed to Hydre.

She was eventually broken up in 1799.


  • Dictionnaire de la flotte de guerre française, Jean-Michel Roche