Guerrier (1753)

Closeup of Guerrier from a painting of the Battle of Minorca. Original in the collections of the French National Library.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1750
Launched
1753
Commissioned
1754
AD/BC
AD
History

Guerrier was a 74-gun Magnifique-class ship of the line, entering service in January, 1754. First seeing action in the Battle of Minorca in 1756, she participated in the disastrous Battle of Lagos, 19 August, 1759. Guerrier was assigned to the Americas when France joined the American War of Independence, where she fought in the Battles of Rhode Island, Grenada, and the Siege of Savannah. Reassigned to the Mediterranean, Guerrier supported in the Invasion of Minorca in 1781, and captured HMS Scarborough on 9 August. By the time the Napoleonic Wars came around, Guerrier was reportedly in poor condition, but was assigned to the invasion fleet for Egypt anyway. In the Battle of the Nile (1-3 August, 1798), she sustained heavy damage, and was captured by the British. However, she was burned after the battle, due to her poor condition.