Duc d'Aquitaine (64)

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Origin and History

The ship was built for the French “Compagnie des Indes” by Nicolas Levesque at Lorient and launched on July 22 1754.

On May 30 1757, the ship was captured by the British Royal Navy. On June 23, she was incorporated into the Royal Navy.

During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:

  • from March 1758: Captain Washington Shirley
  • from January 10 1759 to January 1 1761: Captain Sir William Hewitt

The ship foundered off Pondicherry on January 1 1761.

Service during the War

French service

On May 30 1757, the ship was captured off Ushant by the Centurion (60), Medway (60) and Eagle (58) of the British Royal Navy.

British service

In January 1759, the ship was among the reinforcements sent to India under rear-admiral Samuel Cornish. They consisted of 3 ships of the line: the Lenox (74), Cornish's flagship; the Duc d'Aquitaine (64); and the York (60); along with the Falmouth (50) and 3 East Indiamen. On April 14, the expedition sailed for the East Indies. On October 17, on his way to Bombay, vice-admiral George Pocock was joined by these reinforcements.

On January 1 1761, the ship foundered off Pondicherry during a cyclone, only 19 men survived.


Technical specifications
Guns pieced for 64 guns but carrying only 20 guns when captured by the Royal Navy
Lower Gundeck 4 x 36-pdrs (24 x 24-pdrs in 1758)
Upper gundeck 16 x 12-pdrs (26 x 12-pdrs in 1758)
Quarterdeck none (12 x 6-pdrs in 1758)
Forecastle none (2 x 9-pdrs in 1758)
Crew 11 officers and 249 men in 1755; 590 men in 1758
Length at gundeck 159 ft 5 in (48.59 m)
Width 44 ft 4 in (13.51 m)
Depth 19 ft 5 in (5.92 m)
Displacement 1358 tons BM (1380 tonnes)


Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks Wiki – British 3rd Rates

Harrison, Simon; Three Decks - Warships in the Age of Sail


N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.