Action of 1812/09/21

21st September 1812
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1812-08-31 31.8.1812
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (Royal Navy)

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Saracen (16) John Harper

Empire Français (Private Owners)

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Honorine (16) François David Drosier escape

Notes on Action


Admiralty-Office, September. 26. , 1812.
Extract of a Letter from Captain Harper ,of His Majesty's Sloop  Saracen; to Admiral Sir Richard Bickerton, Bart , dated Spithead, 23d instant
and transmitted by the last mentioned Officer J.W. Croker, Esq.
Whilst proceeding , in pursuance of yours orders of the 21st instant, last evening at sun-set , thick hazy weather , Beachy Head bearing N by W. distant 7 or 8 miles, I observed in the S. S. E. 2 large luggers, in chace of, and very near, 3 deep-laden english vessels.
I instantly made all sail for their protection, and, , after a short but anxious chace, succeeded in capturing Le Courier, French lugger privateer, of 14 guns and 50 men , commanded by Mr Juan and belonging to Calais. The captain, and two of the crew were desperately wounded before they surrendered.
The other lugger , named L'Honorine, of equal force, having got at a great distance whilst securing the one I boarded and dark night comming on , I am sorry it was not in my power to capture but I  completely drove her off the coast . And I have every reason to believe that the 3 vessels , they were in chace of , escaped .


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