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French ship Heureux (1782)
Career (France) French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign
Name: Heureux
Namesake: "Merry"
Ordered: 15 February 1782
Builder: Toulon
Laid down: 12 May 1782
Launched: 19 December 1782
In service: April 1783
Fate: Burnt by the British after the Battle of the Nile
General characteristics
Class & type: Centaure class ship of the line
Displacement: 1530 tonnes
Length: 54.6 metres
Beam: 14.3 metres
Draught: 7 metres
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 74 guns
Armour: Timber

The Heureux was a Centaure class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

She cruised in the Mediterranean in 1794 and 1795. Under Captain Jean-Pierre Etienne, she took part in the Expedition to Egypt, and in the Battle of the Nile. The first ship to spot the British fleet on 1 August, Heureux fought the next day and was forced to strike her colours. Too badly damaged for repairs, she was burnt.


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