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French ship Charlemagne (1809)

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Name  Charlemagne
Ordered  4 January 1803
Struck  30 August 1814
Launched  8 April 1807
Weight  2,966 tons
Builder  Antwerp
Namesake  Charlemagne
Laid down  May 1804
Construction started  May 1804
Length  54 m
Draft  6.7 m
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Class and type  Téméraire-class ship of the line

Charlemagne was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, part of the shorter Borée subtype.

Career

Charlemagne was the first ship of the line to be built in Antwerp according to the wishes of Napoléon, who wanted to expand the French Navy by exploiting shipyards in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. In 1807, she was stationned in Vlissingen under Commander Dupotet, in the squadron of Vice-Admiral Missiessy. She aided in the defence of Antwerp against the amphibious raid led by Chatham, and again during the Siege of Antwerp of 1814.

After the Bourbon Restoration, on 30 August 1814, Charlemagne was transferred to the Dutch Navy, as per the Treaty of Paris. The Dutch brought her into service as Naussau.

References

French ship Charlemagne (1809) Wikipedia


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