French ship Royal Louis (1758)

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Model of the fictitious ship Sans-Pareil that defined the type of Royal Louis
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Namesake: Louis of France
Builder: Brest
Laid down: June 1757
Launched: May 1759
Completed: July 1762
Struck: 1772
Fate: Broken up in 1773
General characteristics
Class and type: First-rate ship of the line
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armour: timber

The Royal Louis was a first-rate 116-gun ship of the line of the Royal French Navy, built in 1757-59 by Jacques-Luc Coulomb at Brest. She was the fourth ship to bear the name, and the only ship of the Sans-Pareil design ever built.

In 1771, when in dry dock, she was damaged beyond repair and eventually demolished in 1772.

A 1/18 scale model on display at Paris naval museum is thought to represent Royal Louis.


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.