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The Badger gave chase to a privateer, named the Escorte, belonging to St. Maloes, of 18 long 8-pounders and 157 men. Undeterred by the disparity of force, Captain Taylor engaged her, and a close action of one hour and a half ensued, when the privateer surrendered. This action was the more creditable to the captain, officers, and crew of the Badger, from the circumstance of her being short of complement, in consequence of the prize crew recently sent away. There were no marines on board ; but the purser, Mr. Andrew Rutherford, having gallantly volunteered his services, was placed in charge of a party of small-arm men stationed on the forecastle of the sloop, in which he conducted himself with great bravery. Captain Taylor was promoted, on the 3rd of March, to post rank, and appointed to command the Seahorse frigate ; and Mr. Rutherford was appointed to the Coventry.
The Escorte was added to the navy under the same name.
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Badger (10) 1745-1762
British 10 Gun
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L'Escorte (14) 1756-1757
French 14 Gun
Michel Patard de la Corderie French†