French ship Tonnerre (1808)

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Achille
Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Tonnerre (1808), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
History
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Name: Tonnerre
Ordered: 16 April 1794
Builder: Brest
Laid down: 22 September 1794
Launched: 9 June 1808
Commissioned: 21 July 1808
Renamed: Quatorze Juillet (1795)
General characteristics
Class and type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
Displacement:
  • 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 (26,748 sq ft) of sails
Armament:
Armour: Timber

Tonnerre was a Téméraire-class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

Started in 1794, she remained under construction until 1808. Under Captain de la Roncière, she joined the Rochefort squadron in February 1809.

At the Battle of the Basque Roads, she was beached on 12 April. Her crew then scuttled her by fire to avoid her capture.

Sources and references[edit]

  • Ships of the line
  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671–1870. p. Tonnerre. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.
  • Les bâtiments ayant porté le nom de Tonnerre