Protée (64)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Clairin-Deslauriers at Brest starting in 1747 and launched in 1758.

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

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The ship was stricken off of the fleet in 1771.

Service during the War

On May 2 1758, the ship was part of the French squadron who set sail from Rochefort for Louisbourg under the command of comte du Chaffault de Besné. This squadron transported French infantry to reinforce Louisbourg. On June 10, the squadron landed the troops at Baie Sainte-Anne 80 km northwest of Louisbourg and then sailed for Québec where it arrived on June 29. In mid-September, du Chaffault sailed from Québec for France with his squadron. On October 27, it met Boscawen's squadron returning to Great Britain but after a brief cannonade, the two fleets separated. The French squadron reached Brest on November 12.

To do: campaigns from 1759 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 64
Lower gundeck 26 x 24-pdrs
Upper gundeck 28 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 10 x 6-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length 145 ft (47.10 m) French feet
Width 40 ft 6 in (13.15 m)
Depth 19 ft 4 in (6.18 m)
Displacement 1,300 tons


Blasco, Manuel, French 4th Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

Deschênes, Ronald, Répertoire des vaisseaux de ligne français 1682-1780

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