Raisonnable (64)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by P. Morineau at Rochefort and launched in 1755.

The ship was captured by the Royal Navy in 1758 and renamed HMS Raisonnable.

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

  • in the French service
    • ???
  • in the British service
    • in January 1759: ???

The ship was wrecked off Martinique on February 3, 1762.

Service during the War

In the French service

In 1758, the ship sailed for Louisbourg. On May 29, she was intercepted by the Dorsertshire (70) and Achilles (60). During the engagement the French lost 61 killed and 100 wounded while the Achilles suffered 15 killed and 20 wounded. The Raisonnable finally surrendered and was incorporated into the British Royal Navy.

In the British service

In May or June 1759, the ship reinforced the fleet of commodore Moore who had just participated in the expedition against the Martinique and Guadeloupe islands.

To do: more details on the campaign from 1760 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 64
Gundeck 26 x 24-pdrs
Upper gundeck 28 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 10 x 6-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length 159 ft 2 in (48.46 m) Imperial feet
Width 43 ft 10 1/2 in (13.12 m)
Depth 19 ft 7 in (5.81 m)
Displacement 1327 tons (1348.3 tonnes)


Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks Wiki

  • British 3rd Rates
  • French 4th Rates

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

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy


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