Encounter between Belle-Poule and two british 74

7th January 1778
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Alert vs Lexington 19.9.1777
Next action : Action of 1778-03-07 7.3.1778


Royaume de France (Marine Royale)

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Belle Poule (32) Chevalier Charles de Bernard de Marigny (1740-1816)

Great Britain (Royal Navy)

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Courageux (74) Samuel Hood (1724-1816)
Hector (74) Sir John Hamilton (1st Baronet of Trebinshun House) (1726-1784)

Notes on Action


The British ships of the line stopped her and demanded to inspect her.

The french captain answered"I am the Belle Poule, frigate of the King of France; I sail from sea and I sail to sea. Vessels of the King, my master, never allow inspections"

The British offered apologies and let the frigate sail through.


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