Minerve vs Sabina

19th December 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Terpsichore vs Vestale 13.12.1796
Next action : Chase of the Droits de l'Homme 14.1.1797


Great Britain

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Minerve (38) George Cockburn (1772-1853)7 killed, 34 wounded


Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Santa Sabina (40)  164 killed and wounded

Notes on Action


On December 19th, Commodore Horatio Nelson in the Minerve, 38, Captain George Cockburn, with the Blanche, 32, Captain d'Arcy Preston, fell in with two Spanish frigates, Sabina, 40, Captain Don Jacob Steuart, and Ceres, 40, off Cartagena. At 10.40 the Minerve engaged the Sabina. In fifty minutes the Spanish ship's rnizen- mast went overboard, and at 1.20 A.M. she struck

Lieutenants John Culverhouse and Thomas Masterman Hardy, with a prize crew, were placed on board the Sabina; but at 4 A.M. of the 20th the Minerve had to cast off the tow-rope and engage a second Spanish frigate, the Matilda, 34, which she drove off with the loss of ten wounded. As a Spanish 112-gun ship and two more frigates were coming up, the Minerve was then obliged to look to her own safety. She owed her escape to the fact that Hardy and Culverhouse hoisted the British colours above the Spanish in the Sabina, and thereby drew off the enemy's attention. The Sabina was recaptured.

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