Moras (44)

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Origin and History

This ship of the line was built by Gilles Cambry at Lorient and launched in October 1756. She belonged to the Compagnie des Indes, not to the Marine Royale.

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

  • since December 31 1756 until July 21 1759: captain Louis-Toussaint de Becdelièvre-Du Bouexié

The ship was wrecked on August 18 1761.

Service during the War

On December 31 1756, the ship was commissioned for a voyage from Lorient to Brest.

On May 3 1757, the ship left Lorient for the East Indies.

On January 27 1758, the ship was part of d'Aché's squadron which sailed from Île de France and made for the coast of Coromandel in India, transporting reinforcements under the command of Lally. Owing to the monsoon, it was much delayed. On April 28, the squadron arrived at daybreak into the roadstead of Fort St. David. The French squadron cut off the escape of the Bridgewater (24) and Triton (24) which were lying there, and which, to save them from capture, were run ashore and burnt. On April 29, while Lally was disembarking his troops at Pondicherry (actual Puducherry), the ship was part of d'Aché's squadron who fought at the combat of Cuddalore where she was engaged by the Weymouth (60) and quickly obliged to bear away. On August 3 1758, when Pocock made another attempt to dislodge the French squadron from Pondicherry, the ship took part to the combat of Negapatam but was soon driven out of the line.

On July 21 1759, the ship became a coastal vessel in Île de France.

On August 18 1761, the ship was wrecked near Port Nord-Ouest on Île de France.

To do: details of the campaigns from 1759 to 1761

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 44
Lower Gundeck n/a
Upper gundeck n/a
Quarterdeck n/a
Forecastle n/a
Crew 160
Length at gundeck 132 ft (40.23 meters)
Width 36 ft (10.97 meters)
Depth 16 ft (4.88 meters)
Displacement 900 tons (816 metric tons)

References

Blasco, Manuel, Ship of the Compagnie des Indes, 3 Decks Wiki

Service historique de la Défense, Les mouvements au long cours des navires de la deuxième Compagnie française des Indes orientales

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