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French ship Vengeur (1765)
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Career (France)
Name: Vengeur
Namesake: "Avenger"
Owner: Compagnie des Indes
Builder: Lorient, Caudan
Laid down: May 1756[1]
Launched: 25 October 1756[1]
In service: February 1757
Out of service: 11 July 1764 in Lorient
Career (France) French Navy Ensign
Name: Vengeur
Namesake: "Avenger"
Owner: French Navy
Acquired: July 1765[1]
Decommissioned: February 1784[1]
Struck: April 1784[1]
Fate: Wrecked in March 1785[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: 64-gun ship of the line
Displacement: 1300 tonnes[1]
Length: 48 metres[1]
Beam: 12.34 metres[1]
Draught: 5.2 metres[1]
Complement: 396 men[1]
Armament:

64 guns:
Lower battery: 24 24-pounder long guns[1]
Upper battery: 28 12-pounder long guns[1]
Quarterdeck: 6 6-pounder long guns[1]

Forecaste: 2 6-pounder long guns[1]

The Vengeur was a 64-gun ship of the line of the French Navy designed by Antoine Groignard.[1] She saw action with Bailli de Suffren during the American War of Independence.

Vengeur was originally built as an East Indiaman by the French company of the Indies. Her plans, however, followed military specification, as she was suppoesd to be able to integrate a naval squadron if necessary. She cruised as a merchantman from 1757 to 1765, when she was sold to the Navy. After a refit in Brest, she was brought into service under Captain Jean Christy de La Pallière.[1]

She took part in all the battles of the American War of Independence in Suffren's fleet. She took part in the Action of 18 December 1779, when she, along with Annibal and Réfléchi, saved a convoy from the British off Fort Royal.

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