French ship Formidable (1751)

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Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Formidable
Launched: 1751
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Captured: 20 November 1759, by Royal Navy
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Formidable
Acquired: 20 November 1759
Fate: Broken up, 1768
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 80-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 2002 tons (2034.1 tonnes)
Length: 188 ft (57 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 49 ft 2.75 in (15.0051 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft 4.5 in (6.515 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 80 guns of various weights of shot

Formidable was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched in 1751.

She fought at the Battle of Quiberon Bay on 20 November 1759, where she served as the flagship of De Saint André du Vergé. HMS Resolution captured her at the battle and the Admiralty commissioned her in the Royal Navy as the Third Rate HMS Formidable.


Formidable was broken up in 1768.


  1. Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1. p178.


  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.