Sceptre (74)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by B. Ollivier at Brest and launched in 1747.

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

  • 1757: captain Cleveau

The ship was striken off of the fleet in 1778.

Service during the War

In October 1757, the ship was part of a French squadron under the command of captain Kersaint. This squadron had been sent from Africa to Cap-François (actual Cap-Haïtien) to escort a convoy of French ships to France. On October 21, Kersaint's squadron engaged a British squadron in the combat of Cap-François. The British ships were so badly damaged that they had to return to Jamaica for repair. Kersaint quickly repaired his ships and, seizing this opportunity, set sail for France with the French convoy.

To do: campaigns from 1758 to 1763


Technical specifications
Guns 74
Gun deck 28 x 36-pdrs
Upper gun deck 30 x 18-pdrs
Quarter deck and Forecastle 16 x 8-pdrs
Crew between 600 and 800 men
Length 165 feet (53.59 m.)
Width 43 feet (13.99 m.)
Depth 20 feet 6 in (6.66 m.)
Displacement 1500 tons (1361 metric tons)


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