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French ship Héros (1801)
Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Héros (1801), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Career (France)
Name: Héros
Namesake: Hero
Builder: Rochefort
Laid down: 1795
Launched: 1801
Captured: 1808
Career (Spain)
Name: Heroe
Fate: Broken up at Ferrol, 1845
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

Héros was a 74-gun French ship of the line built at Rochefort from 1795 to 1801 by engineer Roland. She was one of the numerous Téméraire class ships designed by Jacques-Noël Sané.


She took part in the French occupation of Santo Domingo, notably ferrying Toussaint Louverture to France after his arrest.[2][3]

She took part to the Battle of Trafalgar under Commander Poulain, and was one of the five French ships to survive the battle, although Poulain was killed at 13:15 and replaced by Lieutenant Conor.[4][5] She took part to the counter-attack led by Julien Cosmao, and returned to Cádiz, where she stayed until she was captured by the Spanish in 1808.

Renamed Heroe, she was broken up at Ferrol in 1845.

Notes and References



  1. Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 4 April 2013.  (French)
  2. Toussaint Louverture, un héros ambigu,
  3. Le véritable visage de Toussaint Louverture
  4. Fond Marine, p.331
  5. Troude, p.395


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