Séduisant-class ship of the line

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Class overview
Name: Séduisant
Builders: Toulon
Operators:  French Navy
In service: 1783-1798
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Type: Ship of the line
Displacement: 1550 tonnes
Length: 173 pieds 3 pouces[1] (56.3 metres)
Beam: 14.2 metres
Draught: 7.4 metres
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 17 officers and 690 men
Armament: 74 guns
Armour: Timber
Notes: Ships in class include: Séduisant, Mercure

The Séduisant class was a sub-class of 74-gun ships of the line of the French Navy, comprising two ships built at Toulon Dockyard to a design by Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb in the year immediately following the close of the American Revolutionary War. In reality these two ships followed his design for the Centaure Class, but were completed with a length greater by 5¼ feet,and had also slightly less breadth and depth in hold.

Builder: Toulon
Ordered: 1 June 1782
Begun: August 1782
Launched: 5 July 1783
Completed: 1783
Fate: Wrecked, 16 December 1796
Builder: Toulon
Ordered: 1 June 1782
Begun: August 1782
Launched: 4 August 1783
Completed: 1783
Fate:Burnt by the British after the Battle of the Nile, 2 August 1798


  1. ^ The units of measurement pieds (feet) and pouces (inches) were Units of measurement in France before the French Revolution; they were slightly larger than the equivalent British feet and inches.
  • Demerliac, Cmdt. Alain, Nomenclature des navires français de 1774 a 1792. Editions ANCRE, Nice.
  • 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.