French ship Commerce de Marseille (1788)

From SpottingWorld, the Hub for the SpottingWorld network...
File:Commerce de Marseille mg 6180.jpg
1/48th scale model on display at Marseille naval harbour
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Namesake: Marseille
Builder: Arsenal de Toulon
Laid down: 9-1786
Launched: 7-9-1788
Completed: 10-1790
Out of service: 2-8-1850
Fate: Broken up in 1856
General characteristics
Class and type: Océan class ship of the line
Displacement: 2 700 tonnes
Length: 65,18 metres (196,6 French feet)
Beam: 16,24 metres (50 French feet)
Draught: 8,12 metres (25 French feet)
Propulsion: sail, 3 265 m²
Complement: 1 079 men

Lower deck: 32 36-pound guns
middledeck: 34 24-pound guns
upperdeck: 34 12-pound guns

forecastle: 18 8-pound guns, 6 36-pound carronades

The Commerce de Marseille was a 120-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of the Océan class.

Commerce de Marseille was offered to the King by the Commerce Chamber of Marseille. Built on state-of-the-art plans by Sané, she was dubbed the "finest ship of the century". Her construction was difficult because of a lack of wood, and soon after her completion, she was disarmed, in March 1791.

Commerce de Marseille came under British control during the Siege of Toulon. When the city fell to the French, she evacuated the harbour for Portsmouth. She was briefly used as a store-ship, but on a journey to the Caribbean, in 1795, she was badly damaged in a storm and had to limp back to Portsmouth. She remained there as a hulk until she was broken up in 1802.


Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
[[Commons: Category:French ship Commerce de Marseille (1790)

| French ship Commerce de Marseille (1790)

  • Dictionnaire de la flotte de guerre française, Jean-Michel Roche