Origin and History
The ship was built by Morineau at Rochefort from 1748 and launched in 1750. After being launched the ship suffered many problems and left Rochefort for the first time only in 1757.
During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:
- in 1757: captain de la Touche le Vaner
The ship was stricken off of the fleet in 1786.
Service during the War
In 1757, the ship sailed from Rochefort for the Martinique.
In March 1758, the ship was part of an important squadron (5 ships of the line and 6 or 7 frigates) being fitted out at Rochefort to escort, from the nearby Isle d'Aix, a fleet of 40 transports with 3,000 troops for America. On April 4, the squadron was attacked by a British squadron under the command of sir Edward Hawke. The French warships escaped but several merchantmen ran ashore. On May 2, the French fleet finally set sail from Rochefort for Louisbourg under the command of comte du Chaffault de Besné. The Hardi, armed en flûte transported part of a battalion of Cambis Infanterie. On June 10, the fleet landed the troops at Baie Sainte-Anne 80 km northwest of Louisbourg and then sailed for Québec where it arrived on June 29. Du Chaffault left Québec in mid-September and reached Brest on November 12.
To do: campaigns of 1759 to 1762
|Length||148 ft (45,11 m)|
|Width||40 ft 6 in (12,34 m)|
|Depth||20 ft 9 in (6,32 m)|
|Displacement||no information available|
Blasco, Manuel, HMXMS-Hardi-(1750), 3 Decks Wiki
Deschênes, Ronald, Répertoire des vaisseaux de ligne français 1682-1780
Dull, Jonathan, The French Navy and the Seven Years' War, p. 80
N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.