Robuste (74)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Antoine Groignard at Lorient starting in October 1757 and launched on September 2 1758.

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

  • in November 1759: Captain Fragnier de Vienne

The ship broken up in 1784.

Service during the War

In April 1759, the ship was commissioned for the first time. In November, in preparation for the planned invasion of England, the ship set sail for Quiberon Bay with the Brest Fleet. On November 20, she took part in the battle of Quiberon. After the defeat, on November 21 and 22, by taking advantage of the flood tide and of what wind there was under the land, the ship along with 6 other ships of the line and 4 frigates, which were near the mouth of the Vilaine, got into the river.

To do: campaigns from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 74
Lower gundeck 28 x 36-pdrs
Upper gundeck 30 x 18-pdrs
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 16 x 8-pdrs
Crew between 650 and 815 men
Length 175 French ft (56.84 m)
Width 44 French ft 4 in (14.40 m)
Depth 21 French ft 10 in (7.09 m)
Displacement 1,600 tons

References

Harrison, Simon, Three Decks - Warships in the Age of Sail

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.