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French ship Protée (1772)
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Plans of the ship
Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Protée
Launched: 1772
Captured: 24 February 1780, by Royal Navy
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Prothee
Acquired: 24 February 1780
Fate: Broken up, 1815
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: 64-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1480 Long ton (1503.7 tonnes)
Length: 164 ft 1 in (50.01 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 7 in (13.59 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 64 guns of various weights of shot

Protée was a 64-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched in 1772.[1]

She was captured by the Royal Navy on 24 February 1780 by Captain Lord Robert Manners aboard HMS Resolution, and commissioned as the third rate HMS Prothee. She was converted to serve as a prison ship in 1799, and broken up in 1815. Eight of her small cannon were purchased by John Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland and are currently at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire. The cannon are still fired on special occasions, such as weddings and the Duke's birthday.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1. p182.


  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.

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