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'Commerce de Marseille' French 1st Rate, 1788 (With Plans)


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'Commerce de Marseille' 


 


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The Commerce de Marseille was a 118-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of the Océan class. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from chamber of commerce of Marseille.

 

Built on state-of-the-art plans by Sané, she was dubbed the "finest ship of the century". Her construction was difficult because of a lack of wood, and soon after her completion, she was disarmed, in March 1791.

 

Commerce de Marseille came under British control during the Siege of Toulon. When the city fell to the French, she evacuated the harbor for Portsmouth. She was briefly used as a store-ship, but on a journey to the Caribbean, in 1795, she was badly damaged in a storm and had to limp back to Portsmouth. She remained there as a hulk until she was broken up in 1856.

 

Waterline view

 

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Armament 

 


LD: 32 × 36-pounder guns

MD: 34 × 24-pounder guns

UD: 34 × 12-pounder guns

FC: 18 × 8-pounder guns + 6 × 36-pounder carronades

 

Plans

 

 

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