French ship Tonnant (1740)
|Ordered:||12 June 1740|
|Laid down:||18 October 1740|
|Launched:||15 November 1743|
|In service:||June 1744|
|Length:||54.6 m (179 ft 2 in)|
|Beam:||14.9 m (48 ft 11 in)|
|Draught:||7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)|
She was broken up in 1780.
It was the flagship of Louis XV's fleet, and thus served as Admiral vessel to Marquis de l'Estenduère during the Second battle of Cape Finisterre in 1747. During this naval battle, eight French vessels were sacrificed when they took on the fourteen British ships by Admiral Hawke, to protect the merchant ships. The Tonnant was involved in fierce combat. Partly dismasted, it escaped by being towed by the Intrépide of Vaudreuil, who crossed British lines to secure the ship.
It was refurbished in 1770, and participated in the campaign of Admiral Estaing in America in 1778–1779. It was present during the attack on Newport in 1778 and at the Battle of Grenada on 6 July 1779. It finished its naval career in 1780.
- "Le modèle du Tonant". Musée de la Marine de Rochefort (in French).
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