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Great Britain (Royal Navy) - George Dawson (c.1739-?)
|British Frigate Squadron|
|Name : Iris (32)||George Dawson (c.1739-?)||Fleet Flagship Captured|
|Name : Richmond (32)||Captured|
Royaume de France (Marine Royale)
|French Frigate Squadron|
|Name : L'Aigrette (30)||Chevalier Jean-Baptiste Prevost de Sansac de Traversay (1754-1831)|
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.