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The Prince Edward, of 40 guns, Captain William Fortescue, being on a cruize off Scilly, fell in with, and engaged a French 36-gun frigate. Owing to the freshness of the breeze, the Prince Edward, being a 40- gun ship on two decks, was unable to open her lower deck ports, consequently the French frigate possessed a great and decided advantage over her. The action lasted till night, and was renewed the next day; but the Prince Edward, having her main and mizen masts shot away, was unable to bring her guns to bear on the frigate, which, fortunately for the former, sheered off.
The Prince Edward had 10 men killed and 40 wounded.
|Name : Prince Edward (44)||William Fortescue (d.1775)|