Unicorn vs Invincible

18th May 1757
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : l'Aquilon vs Antelope 14.5.1757
Next action : Action of 30 May 1757 30.5.1757

the British 28 gun frigate Unicorn, Captain John Rawlings, cruizing off the coast of Ireland, gave chase to the French privateer Invincible, of 24 guns and 286 men. An action ensued, in the early part of which Captain Rawlings was mortally wounded in the head, and the command of the ship devolved on Lieutenant Michael Clements, who conducted the fight with great skill, and compelled the privateer to surrender. The Unicorn sustained a loss, besides her captain, of the boatswain and two men killed and five men wounded. The Invincible lost a great many men, killed and wounded, before she struck. Having obtained information from some of the prisoners respecting another privateer, which had been cruizing in company with the Invincible, Lieutenant Clements, after seeing his prize into Kinsale, went in pursuit of the other, and had the good fortune to fall in with and capture her. She proved to be a privateer, of 18 guns and 143 men, belonging to Bourdeaux.

Lieutenant Clements was, for his gallantry, deservedly promoted.


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Unicorn (28) John Rawling (c.1730-1757), Thomas Graves (1725-1802)4 killed, 5 wounded CO Killed

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Invincible (24)  A great many Captured



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