Capture of the Seine

29th June 1798
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Seahorse vs Sensible 27.5.1798
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Jason (38) Charles Stirling (1760-1833)7 killed, 11 wounded
Pique (34) David Milne (1763-1845)2 killed, 6 wounded Sunk
Mermaid (32) James Newman (d.1811)

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Seine (40) Julien-Gabriel Bigotabout 170 killed, 100 wounded Captured

Notes on Action


On June 29th, the British frigates Jason, 38, Captain Charles Stirling, Pique, 36, Captain David Milne, and Mermaid, 32, Captain James Newman Newman, whilst cruising off the Penmarcks, sighted the French frigate Seine, 38, Lieutenant J. G. Bigot, on her. way home from Mauritius, with four hundred soldiers on board, in addition to her crew. She was making her landfall, but, when she saw the British ships, turned south for La Rochelle, hotly pursued. The Mermaid and Jason stretched inshore to cut her off from Lorient. The Pique followed her, and, at 9 P.M., began a running fight, ranging alongside at 11 P.M. The two fought broadside to broadside under sail till, two and a half hours later, the Pique's main top-mast was shot away. Then the Jason came up, and Captain Stirling ordered the Pique to anchor, as the land was very close. Instead of so doing she pressed on and ran aground. A very little later the Jason shared her fate. The Seine drove ashore almost at the same moment. The Jason's stern floated, and, as the tide rose, the ship swung round, offering her stern to the Seine's raking broadsides. The Pique managed to bring some of her guns to bear on the French ship, and then, as the Mermaid was coming up fast, the Seine struck her colours.

The Seine was got afloat, but the Pique had to be abandoned, after being rendered unserviceable.

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