Glorieux (74)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by François-Guillaume Clairin-Deslauriers in Rochefort, starting in July 1753, and launched on August 10 1756. She was first commissioned in November 1756.

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

  • in November 1759: Captain Villars de la Brosse

The ship was rebuilt in 1777. She was captured by the British Royal Navy on April 12 1782. She foundered in a hurricane storm off Newfoundland in the night of September 16 to 17 of the same year.

Service during the War

In November 1759, 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.


Technical specifications
Guns 74
Lower gundeck 28 x 36-pdrs
Upper gundeck 30 x 18-pdrs
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 16 x 8-pdrs
Crew from 650 to 815 men
Length at gundeck 164' (53.27 m) in French feet
Width 43' (13.99 m)
Depth 20' 7" (6.69 m)
Displacement 1500 tons


Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks

Wikipedia HMS Glorieux

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