Prince Edward v French Frigate

24th August 1757
Fought at : Isles of Scilly - Celtic Sea
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Action off Flushing 1.8.1757
Next action : Raid on Rochefort 5.9.1757 - 6.10.1757

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.

 

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Prince Edward (44) William Fortescue (d.1775)
 

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType

Previous comments on this pageno comments to display
Make a comment about this page





Recent comments to other pages
Date postedByPage
Sunday 15th of September 2019 16:40AvMBritish hired transport 'Smallbridge' (1809)
Sunday 15th of September 2019 16:39AvMBritish hired transport 'Smallbridge' (1809)
Sunday 15th of September 2019 16:38AvMBritish hired transport 'Smallbridge' (1809)
Sunday 15th of September 2019 16:34AvMBritish hired transport 'Smallbridge' (1809)
Sunday 15th of September 2019 09:24CyPaul Henry Ourry (1719-1783)