Fougueux (64)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by J.L. Coulomb in 1745 at Brest in France and launched in 1747.

In 1747, the ship was captured by the Royal Navy.

In 1759, the ship was stricken off of the fleet.

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

  • 1754: captain Richard Spry
  • from October to at least December 1758: captain Joseph Knight

Service during the War

In 1755, the ship was part of Boscawen's squadron sent off Newfoundland to intercept the French reinforcements sent to Canada. On June 8, she took part to the capture of the Lys (64). When Boscawen returned to Great Britain at the end of the year, Spry was left at Halifax in Nova Scotia with a small squadron. He wintered there.

In 1758, the ship was part of commodore Augustus Keppel's squadron assigned to the expedition against Gorée in Sénégal. On October 26, the fleet embarked some troops at Kinsale in Ireland and sailed off on November 11. On December 29, the squadron bombarded Gorée, soon silencing the French batteries and forcing the town to surrender. The squadron then escorted the British troops to Sénégal where they would take station and returned to Great Britain.

In 1759, the ship was stricken off of the fleet.

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 64
1st deck 28 x 24-pdrs
2nd deck 26 x 12-pdrs
3rd deck 10 x 6-pdrs
Crew ???
Length 146 feet (44.50 m)
Width 40 feet (12.20 m)
Depth 19 feet (5.79 m)
Displacement 1100 tons

References

Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761, pp. 334

Clowes, Wm. Laird, The Royal Navy – A History from the Earliest Time to the Present, Vol. III, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London: 1898, pp. 140-142

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

Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy

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