French ship Argonaute (1798)

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Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Argonaute
Namesake: Argonauts
Ordered: 10 July 1794
Builder: Lorient shipyard
Laid down: 10 July 1794
Launched: 22 December 1798
Commissioned: September 1799
Decommissioned: 1805
Career (Spain) File:Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg
Name: Argonauta
Fate: Broken up
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 Argonaute was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

Under Villaret de Joyeuse, she took part in the expedition to Saint Domingue.

She took part in the Battle of Trafalgar and managed to return to Cádiz. Unable to leave the harbour because of the British blockage and damage, she was exchanged for the Spanish ship Vencedor.

She was renamed Argonauta but never recommissioned.

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