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French ship Saint-Esprit (1765)
Career (France) French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign French Navy Ensign
Name: Saint-Esprit[1]
Namesake: Order of the Holy Spirit
Ordered: 11 January 1762[1]
Builder: Arsenal of Brest[1]
Laid down: May 1762[1]
Launched: 12 October 1765[1]
Christened: 20 January 1762 [1]
Commissioned: 1766[1]
Decommissioned: 26 January 1795[1]
Renamed: Scipion in April 1794[1]
Fate: Wrecked off Brest on 26 January 1795[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Saint-Esprit class ship of the line
Displacement: 1754 tonnes[1]
Length: 59.8 m (196 ft)[1]
Beam: 14.9 m (49 ft)[1]
Draught: 7.5 m (25 ft)[1]
Complement: 970

80 guns:[1]

The Saint-Esprit ("Holy Ghost") was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of her class.[1] She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from the Order of the Holy Spirit, and named in its honour.


She took part in the Battle of Ushant under La Motte-Picquet, and to the Armada of 1779.[1]

She was renamed Scipion in April 1794, and took part in the Bataille du 13 prairial an 2 under Huguet, where she was totally dismasted.[1] She was wrecked on 30 January 1795, during the Croisière du Grand Hiver.[1] Most of her crew was rescued by Trente-et-un Mai.[1][2]

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