French ship Utile (1764)

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French ship Utile (1764)
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Name: Utile
Namesake: "Useful"
Builder: Bordeaux[1]
Laid down: May 1763[1]
Launched: 11 August 1745[1]
In service: 18 October 1764[1]
Out of service: 1771[1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1100 tonnes[1]
Length: 50.7 metres[1]
Beam: 13.8 metres[1]
Draught: 6.3 metres[1]
Propulsion: Sail, full rigged ship
Complement: 560 men[1]

56 guns:

Armour: Timber

The Utile was a 56-gun Bordelois-class ship of the line of the French Navy. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from the States of Flander, and built by engineer Léon Guignace on a design by Antoine Groignard. Completed too late to serve in the Seven Years' War, she served in the Mediterranean before becoming a julk in Rochefort.[1]


From April to October 1765, Utile campaigned under Captain Duchaffault against privateers off Morocco. She took part in the 1765 Bombardment of Salé and in the Bombardment of Larache.[1]

From 1772, she was reduced to a hulk in Rochfort and used as a masting machine. She was eventually broken up around 1793.[1]

Notes and references



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, 1671 - 1870. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. pp. 453. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. 

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