French ship Courageux (1753)
|Captured:||13 August 1761, by Royal Navy|
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Acquired:||13 August 1761|
|Fate:||Wrecked off Gibraltar, 18 December 1796|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||74-gun third-rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1,721 bm|
|Length:||140 ft 10 3⁄8 in (42.9 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||48 ft (14.6 m)|
|Depth of hold:||20 ft 10 1⁄2 in (6.4 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Armament:||French Navy: 74 guns
Royal Navy: 74 guns
Courageux was launched in 1753. She was considered heavy because she carried 24-pounder guns on her upper deck rather than the normal 18 pounders.
She was captured by the British ship HMS Bellona, also of 74 guns on 13 August 1761, whilst in the company of two frigates. Courageux sighted Bellona in company with the frigate Brilliant. The British ships pursued, and after 14 hours, caught up with the French ships and engaged, the Brilliant attacking the frigates, and Bellona taking on Courageux. The frigates eventually got away, but Courageux struck her colours, and was later repaired and taken into the Royal Navy as the third rate HMS Courageux.
She was wrecked off Gibraltar on 18 December 1796.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 178.
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
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