French ship Superbe (1814)

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Superbe wrecked at Paros.jpg
Superbe wrecked at Paros, by J. Outhwaite
Name: Superbe
Namesake: Superb
Builder: Antwerp[1]
Laid down: 23 August 1809 [1]
Launched: 5 July 1814 [1]
Decommissioned: 1833 [1]
Fate: Wrecked 15 December 1833
General characteristics [2]
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

Superbe was a Téméraire-class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.[1]


Superbe was built at Antwerp, in a late effort of the First French Empire to replenish the French Navy by using all available shipyards. Particularly well-built, to the point of being called the "nicest ship in the Navy", she became the only ship built at Antwerp to survive breaking up after the Bourbon Restoration.[1]

Superbe served in the Caribbean before returning to Brest to be put in the reserve in an inactive state.[1]

In 1830, Superbe took part in the French invasion of Algiers, after which she returned to Toulon to be decommissioned again.[1]

In 1833, Superbe served in the Mediterranean under Captain d'Oysonville. On 15 December 1833, she was caught in a storm in the Aegean Sea off Paros and ran aground at the entrance of Parekia harbour. The survivors returned to Toulon on the French Navy frigates Iphigénie and Galathée and the French ship Duquesne.[1]

Notes, citations, and references[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Roche, vol.1, p.426
  2. ^ Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. p. 426. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.