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Luc Julien Joseph Casabianca

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Nationality  French

Occupation  Navy officer
Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca
Born  7 February 1762Vescovato, Haute-Corse
Known for  Hero of the Battle of Aboukir Bay
Name  Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca
Died  August 1, 1798, Abu Qir, Egypt

Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca (French: Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca), born February 7, 1762 in Vescovato, Haute-Corse, Corsican Republic (French: République corse) and died August 1, 1798, was an officer of the French Navy of France in the 18th century.



Casabianca distinguished himself in the Royal French Navy (French: Marine royale), was depute of Corsica at the Convention (French: Convention), then became member of the Council of Five Hundred (French: conseil des Cinq-Cents). He was the Commandant of L' Orient, the Admiral Vessel (French: Vaisseau-Amrial) which carried Napoleon during his Expedition in Egypt (French: Campagne d'Égypte).

During the Naval battle of Aboukir (French: Bataille d'Aboukir (1798)) of August 1, 1798, where Admiral Horatio Nelson destroyed the French fleet in the Aboukir Bay, Casabianca fought with heroism until his death. During the course of battle, he ordered Giocante, his 12-year-old son who accompanied him, to remain in a section of the ship until he called for him. Although the naval vessel was on fire, the boy, who did not know that his father was no longer alive, refused to leave his post without receiving his orders. The fire reached the gunpowder section; the child perished in the explosion as well as a large part of the crew.


Felicia Hemans made the death of Giocante Casabianca the subject of a Casabianca poem (French: Casabianca) ("The boy stood on the burning deck ...") which became a classic of American literature and was studied in elementary school classes.


His name was given successively to six naval vessels (French: bâtiments) of the French Navy:

  • a Djerme, an armed sail boat on the Nil (1798)
  • an Aviso with paddle wheel (1859–1877)
  • an Aviso-Torpilleur (French: torpilleur) Iberville Class (French: type d'Iberville) (1895–1915)
  • a 1500 tons class submarine, Casabianca (Q183) (1936–1952), hero of the Liberation of Corsica (French: libération de l'île) during Second World War.
  • a Squadron Escorteur (French: Escorteurs d'escadre) type 47 (D631), (1954–1983)
  • a Rubis class nuclear attack submarines, Casabianca (S603) (1987–)
  • References

    Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca Wikipedia