French ship Dauphin Royal (1735)
The Dauphin Royal was a 2nd Rank 74-gun ship of the line of the Royal French Royal Navy, designed in 1735 by Blaise Ollivier and constructed in 1735 to 1740 at Brest Dockyard. She and the contemporary Superbe, also built at Brest over the same period, were the last French 74-gun ships to have only thirteen pairs of lower deck guns (subsequent 74-gun French ships all were constructed with a fourteenth pair of lower deck guns). In 1747, she was rebuilt at Brest and reduced to 70 guns by the removal of her poop guns.
|Namesake:||The Dauphin of France, heir to the French throne|
|Laid down:||November 1735|
|Launched:||13 October 1738|
|Fate:||Broken up in 1787|
|Class and type:||Second Rank ship of the line|
|Length:||155 French feet 10 inches|
|Beam:||42 French feet 4 inches|
|Draught:||20 French feet 4 inches|
|Depth of hold:||20½ French feet|
|Decks:||2 gun decks|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Complement:||550, + 6 officers|
She was condemned in September 1783 and sold in June 1787 to be broken up.
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- The French (pre-metric) foot was 6.575% longer than the equivalent British foot.