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French Ship Saint Philippe
1663

French first rate ship of the line Saint Philippe was built in 1663 at the Toulon shipyard. She carried 78 guns with a keel length of 121 feet, a beam of 36 feet and displaced 1,450 tons. She had a crew of 509.

In 1672 The naval Battle of Solebay took place when a fleet of 75 ships, 20,738 men and 4,484 cannon of the United Provinces surprised a joint Anglo-French fleet of 93 ships, 34,496 men and 6,018 cannon at anchor in Solebay (nowadays Sole Bay), near Southwold in Suffolk, on the east coast of England.

The French fleet, with the Saint Phlippe as flagship, steered south followed by fifteen ships of the Dutch, but  action was limited to long-distance fire. Nevertheless the the French ship Superbe was heavily damaged and total French casualties were about 450.


 French Ship Saint Philippe 1663

The painting is by Jan Karel Donatus Van Beeck, was painted in 1672, and is titled 'French ship Saint-Philippe, of 78 guns, at the Battle of Solebay.

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