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Happy vs Infernal

April 1757
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Tartar v Marie Victoire 27.3.1757
Next action : Action of April 5 1757 5.4.1757

As the British 8 gun sloop Happy, commanded by Captain Thomas Burnet, was on her return from Jersey, having on board twenty soldiers from that island, she was attacked by the French privateer Infernal, mounting six 6-pounders, eight 4-pounders, six swivels, with a crew of 75 men. Knowing well his inferiority in point of armament, Captain Burnet immediately grappled the privateer, and boarded her. The troops being very useful in clearing the decks, the privateer's crew surrendered.

For this gallant little exploit Captain Burnet was promoted, on the 5th of May following, to be a post-captain.


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Happy (8) 1754-1766
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Thomas BurnettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1782

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Infernale (12) 1756-1757
French 12 Gun



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