French ship Diadème (1756)

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Name: Diadème
Namesake: Diadem
Ordered: 10 September 1755
Builder: Brest
Laid down: September 1755
Launched: 26 July 1756
Commissioned: November 1756
Decommissioned: 1797
Renamed: Brutus on 29 September 1792
Fate: Broken up
General characteristics
Class and type: Diadème class ship of the line
Displacement: 1500 tonnes
Length: 54.6 metres
Beam: 14.1 metres
Draught: 6.8 metres
Propulsion: Sail

74 guns:
28 36-pounder long guns
30 18-pounder long guns

16 8-pounder long guns
Armour: Timber

The Diadème was the lead ship of the Diadème class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

On 17 March 1757, along with the 64-gun Éveillé, she captured HMS Greenwich off Saint-Domingue.

In 1780, under Dampierre she was part of La Motte-Piquet's squadron, along with Annibal, Amphion and Réfléchi.

She took part in the Naval operations in the American Revolutionary War under de Grasse, notably fighting at the Battle of the Chesapeake.

On 29 September 1792, she was renamed Brutus.

She was razé to a 42-gun frigate in May 1794. As a frigate, she took part in the Bataille du 13 prairial an 2 [1], taking Indomptable in tow[2] [3].

She was eventually broken up in 1797.

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