Défenseur (74)

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Origin and History

Built by P. Salinoc in 1752 in Brest. Launched in 1754.

Commanded by M de Beaussier de l'Isle in 1755.

She was striken off of the fleet in 1778.

Service during the War

In 1755, she took part to the expedition to reinforce Canada and more particularly Louisbourg. For this campaign, she was armed as a "flute", her armament being reduced to 24 guns. She transported 9 companies of Artois Infanterie.


Technical specifications
Guns 74
1st deck 28 x 36-pdrs
2nd deck 30 x 18-pdrs
3rd deck 16 x 8-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length 164' (53.27 m) in French feet
Width 44' (14.32 m)
Depth 21' (6.85 m)
Displacement 1500 tons


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

Vial J. L., Nec Pluribus Impar