This is a list of French battlefleet warships of the period 1640-1861:
<br>Sections stating the ruler in power are provided as chronological references.
(note the first seven years of this reign were under the Regency of Marie de Medici
, the consort of Henri IV
- La Vierge 48 (purchased) - Captured by the Rochellais, blew up at Ile de Ré ~1625
- Navire-du-Roi 52 (extant 1636)
- Couronne 72 (launched ~1638)
The first eight years of this reign were under the Regency of Anne of Austria
, the consort of Louis XIII, while French politics were dominated by Cardinal Mazarin, who served as Chief Minister from 1642, and Louis XIV did not achieve personal rule until the death of Mazarin
in March 1661.
The French rating system was initially created in 1669; earlier vessels are shown under the rating they were given in 1669. Under this system, French major warships were divided into five ranks or "Rangs"; light frigates (frégates légères
) were excluded from the rating system.
The rating system was thoroughly reformed under Colbert
's administration two years later, in June 1671, and numerous French warships were renamed at that date; vessels are listed below under their original
name at time of launching, even if they subsequently were better known by the name they were given later.
First Rates ("vaisseaux de Premier Rang")
- Saint Philippe 78 (launched 3 February 1663 at Toulon) - burnt by the......