Capture of HMS Iris and HMS Richmond

11th September 1781
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Battle of the Chesapeake 5.9.1781
Next action : Viper v General Conway 12.9.1781

 

Great Britain (Royal Navy) - George Dawson (c.1739-?)

 
British Frigate Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Iris (32) George Dawson (c.1739-?)Fleet Flagship Captured
Richmond (32)   Captured
 

Royaume de France (Marine Royale)

 
French Frigate Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Aigrette (30) Chevalier Jean-Baptiste Prevost de Sansac de Traversay (1754-1831)
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionE-WIKI

In the aftermath of the Battle of the Chesapeake, Admirals Graves and Hood left the Chesapeake waters; the French set a solid screen of fast frigates to intercept enemy shipping. Prior to retreating, Hood dispatched two frigates, Iris and Richmond, to General Cornwallis in Yorktown. On 9 September 1781, four French frigates intercepted them; Richmond fell back and surrendered first, then the French frigate Aigrette, under Captain Traversay, captured Iris. Traversay boarded Iris, assumed command and held it till the end of war.



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