Action of 30 May 1757

30th May 1757
Fought at : Ushant - English Channel - Brittany
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Unicorn vs Invincible 18.5.1757
Next action : Defence of the Southampton 25.7.1757

the Duc d'Aquitaine, French East-India ship, of 1,500 tons, mounting 50 long 18-pounders, with a crew of 463 men, was captured, after an hour's action, by the Eagle and Medway, 60 gun ships, Captains Hugh Palliser and Charles Proby. The Eagle had 10 men killed, and the Medway 10 wounded, before they compelled the French ship to strike.

This ship was pierced for 64 guns, and was purchased into the royal navy.

 

Great Britain

 
British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Eagle (60) Hugh Palliser (1721/22-1796)10 killed and 32 wounded
Medway (60) Charles Proby (d.1799)10 wounded
 

Royaume de France (Compagnie des Indes)

 
French Ship
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Duc d'Aquitaine (64) d'Esquelen (Sieur d'Esquelen)50 killed , 22 seriously wounded and more wounded Captured
 

Notes on Action


London GazetteBG

Admiralty-Office, June 11.

The Lords of the Admiralty have received an account, That on the 30th of last Month, between 1 and 2 in the morning, His Majesty's Ships the Eagle and Medway, being about 48 D. North, and 2 D. West Longitude from the Lizard, gave chace to a large ship under french colours, standing to the Eastward and coming up with her about 4 , they attacked her with a very brisk fire for about three quarters of an Hour, when she struck. She proves to be the Duke d'Aquitaine, commanded by the Sieur d'Esquelen, of about 1500 Tons, mounts 50 guns upon 2 decks, all 18-pounders , had on board 493 men, and belonged to the French East India Company.

She lost in the engagement about 50 killed, and a great many wounded, 22 very dangerously ; and all her masts, sails and rigging broke away and fell over board before night. She came from Lisbon, where she landed, some months ago, a very rich cargo from the East-Indies; and, when tajcen,was only equipped for war, with orders to cruize for 15 days, ten or twelve leagues off the Rock of Lisbon, in order to intercept the Mermaid, one of our 20 Gun Ships, which was on the point of failing from Lisbon with a convoy. During her cruize, she took an English Brig from Cadiz, bound to Cork, which was ransomed for 200 £. The Eagle had 10 Men killed and 32 wounded in the engagement with the Duke d'Aquitaine ; but as the Medway's Fire could only be employed in raking her, she had only 10 men wounded



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