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Royaume de France (Marine Royale)
Chevalier Charles René Louis de Bernard de MarignyFrench
Great Britain (Royal Navy)
Sir John Hamilton (1st Baronet of Trebinshun House)British
On 7 January 1778, "Belle Poule" was intercepted by HMS Hector and HMS Courageux at 45° 46 N 8° W. The ships maneuvered as to take "Belle Poule" in a crossfire and demanded that Marigny put a boat to sea, which he refused. A British ship then sent a boat and asked "Who are you, where do you come from, where are you sailing?", to which Marigny replied: I am the Belle Poule, frigate of the King of France ; I come from the sea and I go to the sea; the ships of the King, my master, never submit to inspection. After some negotiation, the British officer stated that he had confused "Belle Poule" for a ship of the Revolted Colonies masquerading as a French ship.