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French ship Flamand (1765)
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Flamand
Namesake: Estates of Flanders
Builder: Bordeaux[1]
Laid down: October 1763[1]
Launched: 11 May 1765[1]
In service: July 1765[1]
Out of service: 1785[1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1100 tonnes[1]
Length: 50.7 metres[1]
Beam: 13.8 metres[1]
Draught: 6.3 metres[1]
Propulsion: Sail, full rigged ship
Complement: 560 men[2]
Armour: Timber

The Flamand was a 56-gun Bordelois-class ship of the line of the French Navy. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from the Estates of Flanders, and built by engineer Léon Guignace on a design by Antoine Groignard.[1]

She took part in Suffren's campaign during the American Revolutionary War.[1]


Completed too late to serve in the Seven Years' War, Flamand was offered to the Ottoman Navy, along with her sister-ship Ferme; however the Ottoman were disappointed by the 100 000 piastres they had to pay for the first ship, and declined to purchase a second one.[1]

Activated for the American Revolutionary War, Flamand was appointed to Suffren's squadron in the Indian Ocean. She took part in the Battle of Sadras under Captain de Cuverville, as well as in the Battle of Negapatam, where she engaged the much stronger HMS Hero.[1]

Flamand took part in the Battle of Cuddalore the next year; after her commanding officer, Captain Périer de Salvert, was killed, her first officer, Trublet de Villejégu, assumed command.[1]

Notes, citations, and references



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Roche, vol. 1, p.202
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roche, vol. 1, p.198


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. p. 202. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 

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