French ship Aigle (1800)

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The Aigle
Drawing of the main features of Aigle
Name: Aigle
Namesake: Eagle
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: 1794
Launched: 1800.
Fate: Sank in storm, 22 October 1805
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
  • 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
Armour: Timber

Aigle was a 74-gun French ship of the line built at Rochefort in 1800.

In 1805 she sailed to the West Indies with Algésiras where they joined a French fleet under Vice-Admiral Villeneuve.

In October 1805, Aigle took part in the Battle of Trafalgar. She was taken during the battle.

On the following day, her crew rose up against the British prize crew, and recaptured the ship. However, she was wrecked in the storm of 23 October 1805.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  • Roche, Jean-Michel, Dictionnaire des Bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, Vol.I