Alcide

DescriptionIn the Battle of Hyères Islands on 13 July 1795 the 74-gun ship of the line was becalmed and had to fight the British ships HMS Victory, Culloden and Cumberland. She damaged Culloden's rigging and almost dismasted Victory but was outgunned and surrendered to Cumberland. The French frigates Justice and Alceste tried to tow her to safety but Victory drove them off. Soon after a fire broke out on Alcide', reportedly in her tops or from her own heated shots, and she exploded 30 minutes later killing 300 men. The British squadron rescued 300 survivors.
Year1795
Nationaliy of ShipFrance
Lives Lost300
Peacetime or WartimeWartime
WarPre-World War One
Link to Wikipedia (Shipwreck / Event / Region)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_ship_Alcide_(1782)