French ship Magnifique (1750)

French Navy Ensign
Magnifique was the lead ship of the 3-ship Magnifique class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.

On 15 August 1782, Magnifique was wrecked along the rocky shore of Lovells Island, in Boston Harbor, MA, USA. She was rumoured to have been carrying "long-lost treasure." According to a US National Park Service Guide, the submerged vessel is still visible from N 42° 19.902’ W 070° 55.818’ during periods of calm.

On 3 September 1782 the Continental Congress decided to present the ship of the line America to King Louis XVI of France to replace Magnifique. The gift was to symbolize the new nation's appreciation for France's service to and sacrifices in behalf of the cause of the American patriots.

Coordinates: 42°19′54″N 70°55′49″W / 42.33167°N 70.93028°W / 42.33167; -70.93028

This page was last edited on 4 October 2017, at 23:15.
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