French ship Alcide (1742)

Alcide was a 64-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched in 1742. The captain of the vessel was Toussaint Hocquart, for the re-enforcement campaign that was sent to Canada in May 1755.

Capture of Alcide near Louisbourg
Name: Alcide
Ordered: October 1741
Builder: Brest Naval Dockyard
Laid down: March 1742
Launched: 6 December 1743
Commissioned: 1744
Captured: 8 June 1755, by Royal Navy
Great Britain
Name: Alcide
Acquired: 8 June 1755
Fate: Sold, 1772
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 64-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1373.8 tons (1397.1 tonnes)
  • 159 ft (48 m) (gundeck);
  • 128 ft 4.5 in (39.129 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 10.25 in (13.6716 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 2.375 in (5.54673 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 64 guns of various weights of shot

On 8 June 1755, Alcide was captured by HMS Dunkirk and HMS Torbay of Vice-Admiral Edward Boscawen's squadron, and commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1757 as the third-rate HMS Alcide.

HMS Alcide was sold out of the navy in May 1772. However, it perhaps remained in service in some form because on 10 July 1772 according to the UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710–1811, Robert Mellefent was apprenticed as a carpenter to Ebenezer Holland to serve on the ship.[2]

See also


  1. Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 178.
  2. Pichon's Lettres et Memories sure Cap Breton, p. 248


  • Lavery, Brian, The Ship of the Line – Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650–1850. Conway Maritime Press, 2003. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
  • Winfield, Rif, British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.

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