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|Preceded by:||Suffren class|
|Class and type:||Hercule class|
|Length:||62.50 m (205 ft 1 in)|
|Beam:||16.20 m (53 ft 2 in)|
|Draught:||8.23 m (27 ft 0 in)|
|Propulsion:||3,150 m2 (33,900 sq ft) of sails|
The Hercule class was a late type of 100-gun ships of the line of the French Navy. They were the second strongest of four ranks of ships of the line designed by the Commission de Paris. While the first units were classical straight-walled ships of the line, next ones were gradually converted to steam, and the last one was built with an engine.
With the Henry IV, a rounded stern was introduced. The next ships were built with the rounded stern, and it was retrofitted on the early units of the class.
|French Navy ship of the line classes timeline, 1750s–1900s — next »|
|130 gun three-decker||Bretagne|
|110-120 gun three-decker||Sans-Pareil class||Océan class|
|Terrible class||Commerce de Paris class|
|90-100 gun two-decker||Napoléon class|
|80-gun two-decker||Saint-Esprit class|
|Deux Frères||Bucentaure class|
|74-gun two-decker||Hector class|