Capricieux (64)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Clairin Deslauriers at Dunkerque from 1752 and launched in 1753.

During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:

  • no information found yet

The ship was burned on July 21 1758, during the siege of Louisbourg.

Service during the War

In the Spring of 1758, the ship was part of Beaussier's squadron which was left at Louisbourg for the defence of the place by du Chaffault when he sailed for Québec. On July 21, during the siege of Louisbourg, the British opened a parallel within 200 meters of the rampart. Still their sappers pushed on. The same day in the afternoon, a bomb fell on the Célèbre (64) and set her on fire. An explosion followed. The few men on board could not save her, and she drifted from her moorings. The wind blew the flames into the rigging of the Entreprenant (74), and then into that of the Capricieux. At night all 3 were in full blaze; for when the fire broke out the British batteries turned on them a tempest of shot and shell to prevent it from being extinguished. The glare of the triple conflagration lighted up the town, the trenches, the harbour, and the surrounding hills, while the burning ships shot off their guns at random as they slowly drifted westward, and grounded at last near the Barachois. In the morning of July 22, the 3 French ships were consumed to the water's edge


Technical specifications
Guns 64
Lower gundeck 26 x 24-pdr
Upper gundeck 28 x 12-pdr
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 10 x 6-pdr
Crew no information available
Length 150 ft (45,72 m)
Width 40 ft in (12,19 m)
Depth 19 ft 6 in (5,94 m)
Displacement no information available


Blasco, Manuel, French 4th Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

Deschênes, Ronald, Répertoire des vaisseaux de ligne français 1682-1780

N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.