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Bucentaure Side1.png
Rate2nd Rate
Chasersstern Chasers
Broadside Weight
Cannon Broadside Weight1200pd
Carronade Broadside Weight1560pd
Battle Rating550
Total Crew840
Sailing Crew170
Minimum Crew{{{Minimum Crew}}}
Max Speed10.82kn
Turn Rate2.33
Bow Armour Hit Points2304
Side Armour Hit Points9214
Stern Armour Hit Points921
Structure Hit Points4607
Bow Armour Thickness40cm
Side Armour Thickness66cm
Stern Armour Thickness26cm
Sail Hit Points9214
Mast Thickness104cm
Rigging TypeSquare
Cargo Capacity1095
Cargo Slots16
Crafting Level35

General Description

The Bucentaure is a 2nd Rate ship of the Line. She is the only ship to have a deckhouse on her quarter deck.


The Bucentaure is the most heavily armed 2nd rate in game having a total of 88 broadside guns consisting of 32x 42pd cannons, 32x 24pd cannons, 24x 12pd cannons or 42pd carronades. She can also only carry stern chasers just like the St. Pavel

Deck Cannon Count Cannon Size Carronade Size
Lower Gun Deck 32 42pd N/A
Middle Gun Deck 32 24pd N/A
Weather Deck 24 12pd 42pd
Stern Chasers 2 9pd 68pd


Type Hull Rig Rum
Amount 18 21 220



The Bucentaure is a good mixture between the firepower of a 1st rate and the manuverability of a 3rd rate. She has nearly the same Firepower like victory while still holding good manuverability like the 3rd rates.


The Bucentaure was an 80 gun 3rd rate ship of the line (historically this was her rating, in the game however she is rated a 2nd rate) of the French navy and she was the lead ship of the Tonnant class of ships. On the 6th of November 1804 Vice-Admirale Villeneuve hoisted his flag on the Bucentaure. The Bucentaure hosted the Franco-Spanish war council while sheltered from the British fleet at Cadiz. The boat was to remain in safe waters (this decision was later overruled by Villeneuve). During the council Spanish general Escano complained that the atmospheric pressure was descending (a sign of an approaching storm). French Vice-Admiral Magon famously reported “the thing descending here is braveness”. This offended Admiral Gravina and other Spanish officers who did not oppose later the imprudent order of taking to sea. At the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805 she was commanded by Captain Jean-Jacques Magendie and she was the flagship of the Franco-Spanish fleet. The British flagship, the Victory broke through the Franco-Spanish line just astern of the Bucentaure and just ahead of the Redoutable. Victory raked the Bucentaure and the vessel lost 197 men and 85 were wounded (including the captain), Admiral Villeneuve however survived. The racking did however effectively put the Bucentaure out of the fight and after three hours of fighting she struck her colours and surrendered to Captain James Atcherly of the Marines from HMS Conqueror. Villeneuve supposedly asked whom he was surrendering to, on being told it was Captain Pellew, he replied “there is no shame in surrendering to the gallant Sir Edward Pellew”. When he was informed the Conqueror’s captain was Sir Edward's brother, Israel Pellew, he said “England is fortunate to have two such brothers”

In the following days Bucentaure's crew rose up against the British prize crew and recaptured the ship, however the ship was wrecked in the gale-force storm of the 23rd of October 1805.

How to get Crafting recipe

You can get the crafting recipe by either crafting the following ships: 3rd Rate, Bellona, St. Pavel, Ingermanland. You can also break up Bucentaures to get the crafting recipe.

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