French ship Modeste (1759)

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Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Modeste
Launched: 1759
Captured: 18 August 1759, by Royal Navy
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Modeste
Acquired: 18 August 1759
Fate: Broken up, 1800
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 64-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1357 tons (1378.8 tonnes)
Length: 158 ft 6 in (48.3 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 5½ in (13.6 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 8 in (6 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 64 guns of various weights of shot

Modeste was a 64-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched in 1759.

She was captured by the Royal Navy at the Battle of Lagos on 18 August 1759, and commissioned as the third rate HMS Modeste.

Modeste was placed on harbour service in 1778, and was broken up in 1800.


  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.