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French ship Commerce de Bordeaux (1785)
Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Commerce de Bordeaux (1785), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Commerce de Bordeaux
Builder: Toulon
Laid down: September 1784
In service: 1786
Renamed: Timoléon in February 1794
Fate: Ran aground and burnt at the Battle of the Nile, August 1798
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Téméraire-class ship of the line
Displacement: 2,966 tonnes
5,260 tonnes fully loaded
Length: 55.87 metres (183.3 ft) (172 pied)
Beam: 14.90 metres (48 ft 11 in)
Draught: 7.26 metres (23.8 ft) (22 pied)
Propulsion: Up to 2,485 m2 (26,750 sq ft) of sails

74 guns:

16 × 8-pounder long guns
4 × 36-pdr carronades
Armour: Timber

Commerce de Bordeaux was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from Bordeaux.

Renamed Timoléon in February 1794, she took part in the Battle of the Nile under captain Louis-Léonce Trullet. In the confusion of the battle, her rudder was damaged by misdirected fire from the neighbouring Généreux. She fought for three days, eventually running aground and set on fire by her crew. She exploded around noon on 2 August, the last fighting French ship of the battle.

See also


  1. Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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