French ship Aigle (1800)

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the Aigle
Drawing of the main features of Aigle
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Aigle
Namesake: Eagle
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: 1794
Launched: 1800.

By the Royal Navy, 21 October 1805

By the French Navy, 22 October 1805
Fate: Sank in storm, 22 October 1805
General characteristics
Class and type: Téméraire class ship of the line
Displacement: 2900 tonnes
Length: 55.87 metres (172 French feet)
Beam: 14.90 metres (44' 6)
Draught: 7,26 metres (22 French feet)
Propulsion: Up to 2485 m² of sails
Complement: 3 officers + 690 men

74 guns:

  • 28 x 36 pdr (16 kg)
  • 30 x 24 pdr (11 kg)
  • 16 x 8 pdr (3.6 kg)
  • 4 x 36 pdr (16 kg) carronades
Armour: Timber

The Aigle was a 74-gun French ship of the line built at Rochefort in 1800.

In 1805 she sailed to the West Indies with Algésiras where they joined a French fleet under Vice-Admiral Villeneuve.

In October 1805, Aigle took part in the Battle of Trafalgar. She was taken during the battle.

On the following day, her crew rose up against the British prize crew, and recaptured the ship. However, she was wrecked in the storm of 23 October 1805.


  • Jean-Michel Roche, Dictionnaire des Bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, tome I

fr:L'Aigle (navire)