Le Commerce de Marseille - Veifseau Francaise 118 Cans. - launched in 1793 - colour line drawing by Emeric - The Océan-type ships of the line were a series of 16 first-rate 118-gun ships of the line of the French navy, designed by engineer Jacques-Noël Sané. Fifteen were completed from 1788, with the last one entering service in 1854. The first of the series was the Commerce de Marseille.. The 5,100 ton 118-gun type was the largest type of ship built up to then.. Up to 1790 Great Britain, the largest of the battle fleet nations, had not built especially large battleships because the need for

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Le Commerce de Marseille - Veifseau Francaise 118 Cans. - launched in 1793 - colour line drawing by Emeric - The Océan-type ships of the line were a series of 16 first-rate 118-gun ships of the line of the French navy, designed by engineer Jacques-Noël Sané. Fifteen were completed from 1788, with the last one entering service in 1854. The first of the series was the Commerce de Marseille.. The 5,100 ton 118-gun type was the largest type of ship built up to then.. Up to 1790 Great Britain, the largest of the battle fleet nations, had not built especially large battleships because the need for
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Le Commerce de Marseille - Veifseau Francaise 118 Cans. - launched in 1793 - colour line drawing by Emeric - The Océan-type ships of the line were a series of 16 first-rate 118-gun ships of the line of the French navy, designed by engineer Jacques-Noël Sané. Fifteen were completed from 1788, with the last one entering service in 1854. The first of the series was the Commerce de Marseille.. The 5,100 ton 118-gun type was the largest type of ship built up to then.. Up to 1790 Great Britain, the largest of the battle fleet nations, had not built especially large battleships because the need for large numbers of ships had influenced its battleship policy. The French initiated a new phase in battleship competition when they laid down a large number of three-deckers of around 5,000 tons.. These were the most powerful ships of the Napoleonic Wars and a total of ten served during that time. These ships, however, were quite expensive in terms of building materials, artillery and manpower and so were reserved for admirals as their fleet flagships..