French ship Souverain (1757)
|Ordered:||25 October 1755|
|Laid down:||December 1755|
|Launched:||6 May 1757|
|In service:||November 1757|
|Renamed:||Peuple Souverain in September 1792|
|Captured:||2 August 1798|
|Acquired:||12 August 1798|
|Class and type:||Souverain-class ship of the line|
|Displacement:||1536 tons (French)|
|Length:||53.3 m (175 ft)|
|Beam:||14.1 m (46 ft)|
|Draught:||7.1 m (23 ft)|
She took part in the Battle of the Chesapeake, in 1781. In 1792, she was renamed Peuple Souverain ("Sovereign People").
In 1798, she took part in the battle of the Nile. A shot from HMS Orion (at the rear of the British line) cut her cable and she drifted out of position, later in the battle being captured by the British. She was subsequently recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Guerrier, but was in too bad a shape to serve in the high sea, so she was used as a guard ship.
- Palmer, p. 10
- Crowdy, p. 47
- Crowdy, Terry (2005). French Warship Crews 1789–1805: From the French Revolution to Trafalgar. Oxford, United Kingdom: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-745-X.
- Palmer, Michael A. (2005). Command at Sea: Naval Command and Control Since the Sixteenth Century. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-01681-5.