French ship Pégase (1781)

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Dominic Serres - Foudroyant and Pégase entering Portsmouth Harbour, 1782 - Google Art Project.jpg
Foudroyant and Pégase entering Portsmouth Harbour, 1782. Painting by Dominic Serres
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Name: Pégase
Launched: 1781
Captured: 21 April 1782, by Royal Navy
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: Pegase
Acquired: 21 April 1782
Fate: Broken up, 1815
General characteristics
Class and type: 74-gun Pégase class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1500 bm
Length: 55.2 m (181 ft)
Beam: 14.3 m (47 ft)
Draught: 6.8 m (22 ft)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 600
Armament: 74 guns of various weights of shot, later upgraded to 78

Pégase was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of her class, launched in 1781.

She was captured by the Captain John Jervis on 21 April 1782, in HMS Foudroyant,[1] Jervis was invested Knight of the Order of the Bath for the capture.[2] Pégase was bought into the Navy and commissioned as the third rate HMS Pegase. She served as a prison ship in Portsmouth from 1799, and was broken up in 1815.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Winfield. British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. p. 68.
  2. ^ "No. 13694". The London Gazette. 28 May 1782. p. 4.


  • 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.
  • Winfield, Rif and Roberts, Stephen (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-204-2.