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Date Posted: 08:01:03 08/01/16 Mon
Author: Chuck
Subject: Actual # of guns carried by de Bruey's fleet at the Nile

With today being the 218th anniversary of the Battle of the Nile (08-01-1798) commemorating RAdm. Nelson's victory over the French Fleet in Aboukir Bay, I am always curious as to the actual armament of the French Fleet of VAdm. de Bruey's. In many books on the subject authors usually give the following:
120.....L'Orient, 80 (ea) Franklin, Tonnant & Guillaume Tell and 74 (ea) for the remaining 9 other two-deckers. Whereas in some cases (specific articles or books) some authors and/or writers have listed any and all of the following armaments:
L'Orient.....122 or 124, Franklin.....82, Tonnant.....84 or 86, Guillaume Tell.....86, Hereux.....84 vice 74 (typo?), Genereux....78, Guerriere.....50 or less vice 74?

Would anyone have anything official that reflects anything to corroborate these #s. I am aware that although ships were usually listed by the standards 100, 80, 74, 64 but actually had more #s than that onboard at various times of a ship's career.

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