French ship Royal Louis (1780)
Républicain grounded on Mingant rock. Drawing by Pierre Ozanne.
|Namesake:||Louis of France|
|Laid down:||March 1779|
|Launched:||20 March 1780|
|Fate:||wrecked, 24 December 1794|
|Class and type:||106-gun ship of the line|
She was renamed Républicain in 1792. Under this name, she took part in the Third Battle of Ushant, being the last ship of the French rear. She was attacked, totally dismasted, and struck her colours; however, the British failed to capture her, and she returned to Rochefort.
On 24 December 1794, she took part in the Croisière du Grand Hiver. As the fleet exited Brest harbour, she ran aground with the loss of 10 men. Her crew abandoned ship, and the wreck was destroyed in a tempest a few days later.
- Dictionnaire de la flotte de guerre française, Jean-Michel Roche
- "http://marinepremierempire.free.fr/le_royal_louis__le_republicain__1792__573.htm Page no longer exists, August 2014.
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