Sans-Pareil-class ship of the line

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Sans Pareil.
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1/28.8th model of the Sans-Pareil now kept at the Musée de la Marine in Paris
Class overview
Name: Sans-Pareil
Operators:  French Navy
Planned: Océan, Médiateur, Majestueux, Indomptable
Completed: 1
General characteristics
Type: Ship of the Line
Armament: 116-gun
Armour: timber

The Sans-Pareil ("Peerless") was a ship of the line project presented to Louis XV between 1757 and 1760. No actual ship of this type bore the name in the French Navy, though the Royal Louis was built on the scheme.


The Sans-Pareil was a project to build a series of ships taking into account new improvements in ship design. The name was suggested twice to Louis XV; in 1751, the king preferred Océan, and in 1757, Royal-Louis, Médiateur, Majestueux, and Indomptable.[1] Only Royal-Louis was actually built; due to the huge costs of construction, the three others were replaced with smaller-sized ships of the line.

The Sans-Pareil only existed as a 1/30th model which is now kept at the Musée de la Marine in Paris. It is very likely to offer only very minor differences to what the Royal-Louis was like when she was launched in Brest in 1759.[2]

The figurehead featured a lion. The ornaments of the aft were simplified, integrating the overall lines and structure of the ship.[2]

Sources and references[edit]


  1. ^ L'histoire de la Marine de 1700 à 1850
  2. ^ a b Maquette de bateau Sans Pareil