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HMS Foudroyant (1789)

Information about HMS Foudroyant (1789)

HMS Foudroyant was laid down in 1789 and was the second ship to be given the name Foudroyant Foudroyant was the second two-decker to be built carrying 80 guns. Modelled upon the French Foudroyant, Nelson took great interest in her development and had intentions of making her his flagship as soon as she was launched, but took the Vanguard instead as Foudroyant had not yet been completed.

Nelson transferred his flag to the Foudroyant in 1799 while dealing with the return of the Neapolitan Royal family to Naples. Foudroyant returned under the flag of Captain John Clarke Searle in June 1801.

Foudroyant returned home after the Napoleonic Wars to become the guard ship of Plymouth in 1819 and was converted to a gunnery training ship in 1862, a role she undertook until 1894, when she returned to port duties.

In 1891, Foudroyant was sold out of service and immediately resold to a German ship-breaking company, the ensuing public protest led to her being repurchased by Wheatly Cobb, who refitted her as a training ship.

In order to recoup the £20,000 cost of refitting, Foudroyant she was taken around English seaside resorts for exhibition, but was wrecked at Blackpool in 1897 during a violent storm.

The wreck was sold for £250 to a Mr Hayhurst who began to dismantle the ship, but relinquished the task when a passer by was injured by a dynamite blast, after which she was purchased by the Manchester firm of Goodall Lamb & Heighway.

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Lot MA14/179

Lot MA14/179: A Fine 'Foudroyant' Oak and Copper Wall Cabinet by Goodall Lamb & Heighway, Manchester, From Ships Timber and Metal Salvaged From HMS Foudroyant

A fine 'Foudroyant' oak and copper wall cabinet by Goodall Lamb & Heighway, Manchester, from ships timber and metal salvaged from HMS Foudroyant, styled in the form of the stern of the Foudroyant with copper and glass anchor light over arched transom, decorated with copper scroll mounts and circular portrait plaque of Nelson looking to sinister, flanked by domed finials, the copper mounted frieze inscribed '1798 Foudroyant 1801' over double glazed doors with copper strapwork and graduated laurel wreathes to sides and glazed quarter gallery style sections to either side, the base section with ropetwist border and inswept base in the manner of stern strakes, central rudder style foot and copper plaque ' Goodall Lamb & Heighway manufactured from the oak and copper salvaged from Nelson's 'Foudroyant', 163cm wide, 40cm depth, also together with a copy of an original brochure 'The ship of the century Nelson's flagship Foudroyant' in which the cabinet is illustrated as item number 36.

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000
Realised: £16,000

Lot MA14/180

Lot MA14/180: HMS Foudroyant - An Oak Arts and Crafts Style Side Table Constructed Form Ship's Timber by Goodall, Lamb & Heighway, Manchester

HMS Foudroyant - An oak Arts and Crafts style side table constructed form ship's timber by Goodall, Lamb & Heighway, Manchester, the rectangular thumbnail moulded top fitted single frieze drawer with copper ring handle, over an open shelf with pull out slides to either side, raised on square tapering legs terminating on spade toes, copper plaque to rear 'Manufactured from oak and copper salvaged from Nelson's Foudrouyant', 61cm wide, 71.5cm high. *Note Listed in the original Goodall Lamb & Heighway catalogue 'The Ship of the Century Nelson's Flagship Foudroyant' as item No.12e 'An afternoon tea table with sliding shelves' See lot 179.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £600