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French ship Lion (1803)
Scale model of Achille, sister ship of French ship Lion (1803), on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Career (France)
Name: Lion
Builder: Rochefort, Charente-Maritime
Laid down: 30 June 1802
Launched: 12 January 1804
Fate: Scuttled and burnt on 26 October 1809
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

Lion was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

She took part in Allemand's expedition of 1805 under Captain Eleonore-Jean-Nicolas Soleil.

On 21 October 1809, she departed Toulon escorting a convoy bound to Barcelona. Six days into the journey, she encountered a British squadron sent by Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, which gave chase. Lion ran aground near Sète, and was set on fire by her crew to avoid capture.

See also


  1. Clouet, Alain (2007). "La marine de Napoléon III : classe Téméraire - caractéristiques". Retrieved 4 April 2013.  (French)
  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. [page needed]

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