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The Heureux was a Centaure class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

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Name: Heureux
Namesake: "Merry"
Ordered: 15 February 1782
Builder: Toulon
Laid down: 12 May 1782
Launched: 19 December 1782
In service: April 1783
Fate: Burnt by the British after the Battle of the Nile
General characteristics
Class and type: Centaure class ship of the line
Displacement: 1530 tonnes
Length: 54.6 m (179 ft)
Beam: 14.3 m (47 ft)
Draught: 7 m (23 ft)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 74 guns
Armour: Timber

She cruised in the Mediterranean in 1794 and 1795.

Under Captain Jean-Pierre Etienne, she took part in the Expedition to Egypt, and in the Battle of the Nile. The first ship to spot the British fleet on 1 August, Heureux fought the next day and was forced to strike her colours. Too badly damaged for repairs, she was burnt.


  • Demerliac, Cmdt. Alain, Nomenclature des navires français de 1774 a 1792. Editions ANCRE, Nice.
  • Winfield, Rif and Roberts, Stephen (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786-1861: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-204-2.