French ship Ville de Varsovie

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Robuste-Antoine Roux.jpg
The Robuste, sister-ship of the Ville de Varsovie
History
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Name: Ville de Varsovie
Namesake: Warsaw
Ordered: 30 April 1804
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: 22 March 1805
Launched: 10 May 1808
Commissioned: 18 June 1808
Fate: Destroyed by fire on 13 April 1809
General characteristics
Class and type: Bucentaure-class
Type: ship of the line
Tons burthen: 2000 tonnes
Length:
  • 59.3 m (194.55 ft) (overall)
  • 53.92 m (176.90 ft) (keel)
Beam: 15.3 m (50.20 ft)
Depth of hold: 7.8 m (25.59 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
Sail plan: 2,683 m2 (28,879.57 sq ft)
Complement: 866
Armament:

The Ville de Varsovie was a Bucentaure-class 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, designed by Chaumont from original plans by Sané.

Built as Tonnant, she was renamed Ville de Varsovie ("City of Warsaw") while still under construction. At the time, Napoleon established the Duchy of Warsaw and made a considerable effort to mobilize Polish national sentiment on France's behalf.

She was commissioned on 18 June 1808 under captain Mahé, and was part of the Rochefort squadron.

A British party destroyed her by fire by after running aground during the Battle of the Basque Roads.

References[edit]

  • Jean-Michel Roche, Dictionnaire des Bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, tome I