French ship Éole (1789)

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Name: Éole
Namesake: Aeolus
Builder: Lorient
Laid down: 1 June 1787
Launched: 15 November 1789
Commissioned: August 1790
Fate: Broken up in Baltimore in 1816
General characteristics
Class and type: Téméraire class ship of the line

2 966 tonnes

5 260 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 55.87 metres (172 French feet)
Beam: 14.90 metres (44' 6)
Draught: 7.26 metres (22 French feet)
Propulsion: Up to 2 485 m² of sails
Complement: 678 men

74 guns:

  • Lower gundeck: 28 x 36-pdr long guns
  • Upper gundeck: 30 x 24-pdr long guns
  • Forecastle and Quarter deck:
16 x 8-pdr long guns
4 x 36-pdr carronades
Armour: Timber

The Éole was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

Between 1791 and 1793, she was based in Saint-Domingue. She took part in the Glorious First of June, where she and Trajan dismasted HMS Bellerophon.

She later took part in the Expédition d'Irlande, an ill-fated attempt to invade Ireland.

On 19 August 1806, she was dismasted by a tempest off Martinique, and had to be taken in tow by American ships to Annapolis. She was eventually condemned in 1811, and broken up in 1816.

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