French ship Mercure (1783)

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Name: Mercure
Namesake: Mercury
Ordered: 1 June 1782
Builder: Toulon
Laid down: August 1782
Launched: 4 August 1783
In service: 1783
Out of service: 2 August 1798
Fate: Burnt by the British after the Battle of the Nile, 2 August 1798
General characteristics
Class and type: Séduisant class ship of the line
Displacement: 1550 tonnes
Length: 56.3 m (185 ft)
Beam: 14.2 m (47 ft)
Draught: 7.4 m (24 ft)
Complement: 600
Armament: 74 guns
Armour: Timber

The Mercure was a 74-gun Séduisant-class ship of the line of the French Navy.

She took part in the Battle of the Nile under Captain Cambon. She fought against HMS Majestic and was captured by HMS Alexander. Damaged beyond repair and aground, she was burnt.

See also[edit]


  • Demerliac, Cmdt. Alain, Nomenclature des navires français de 1774 a 1792. Editions ANCRE, Nice.
  • Winfield, Rif and Roberts, Stephen (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-204-2.