Action of 23 November 1757

23rd November 1757
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Antelope vs Le Moras 3.11.1757
Next action : Battle of Cartagena 28.2.1758

British 28-gun ship Hussar, Captain John Elliot, and 24-gun ship Dolphin, Captain Benjamin Mario w, being on a cruize, gave chase to a large French ship. The Hussar closed with her at about 8h. p.m., and commenced the action, in which she was soon joined by the Dolphin. The fire of the British ships must have been well directed, for at 10h. p.m. the stranger, which was by that time dismasted, went down with her colours flying. The French ship was supposed to have been the Alcyon, of 50 guns, armed en flute. The Hussar had received much injury, and had no boat that would swim; the Dolphin, however, sent a boat, but was, unfortunately, not able to save any of the devoted French crew.


Great Britain

British Shps
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hussar (28) John Elliot (1732-1808)
Dolphin (24) Benjamin Marlow (d.1795)

Royaume de France

French Ship
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Alcyon (50)  † Sunk



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