Casabianca, Louis. A French naval officer. Born in Bastia about 1755. In 1798, Casabianca was captain of the flagship "L'Orient" in the expedition to Egypt. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of the Nile, August 1, 1798. The ship caught fire, his 10-year-old son would not leave him, and both were floating on the wreck of the ship's mast when the final explosion took place.