French ship Apollon (1788)

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Name: Apollon
Namesake: Apollo, Gasparinus de Bergamo, François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: April 1787
Launched: 21 May 1788
Commissioned: 1788
Decommissioned: 1797

Gasparin in February 1794
Apollon on 16 May 1795

Marceau on 6 June 1798
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 Apollon was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

Between 1791 and 1793, she was based in Saint-Domingue.

During the Siege of Toulon, her commanding officer, captain Imbert, negotiated the surrender of the town with Admiral Hood aboard HMS Victory. After the siege, she ferried 1500 anti-revolutionnary prisoners to Rochefort, where most of them were executed.

She took part in the Bataille du 13 prairial an 2 and to the Croisière du Grand Hiver of Winter 1794-1795 campaign.

She was eventually broken up in 1798

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