Le Formidable

By Geoffrey Callender, published January 1912


Le Formidable, an 80-gun ship, took massive punishment before surrendering at Quiberon Bay in 1759. Following a failed attempt by Admiral Hawke at a prisoner exchange, the French seamen were held at the Kings House in Winchester. The author describes the origins of this building and the building of a detailed model of Le Formidable by the prisoners as a memorial to their ship. The model came into the possession of the Head of Winchester College, where it was well looked after until 1875, but was damaged and inexpertly repaired in 1877 and loaned to RNC Osborne in 1908.

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Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Ship Models & Figureheads

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