Enterprise vs Flambeau

23rd July 1800
Part of : The Quasi War (1799 - 1805)
Previous action : Enterprise vs Aigle 4.7.1800
Next action : Boston vs Berceau 12.10.1800


United States of America

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Enterprise (12)  

République Française

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Flambeau (12)  

Notes on Action

Description of the ActionB043
The action between the Enterprise and the brig Flambeau was one of the hardest fought of this French war and ended in the capture of a vessel of superior force. The Flambeau's guns were said to be heavier and she had more men than the Enterprise, whose crew numbered eighty-three. The combatants sighted each other to leeward of Dominica towards night, and the next morning came together. The fight lasted about three quarters of an hour, and most of the time the vessels were close hauled in a light breeze, with the Flambeau at first leading off. As the Enterprise drew nearer they began with a brisk fire of small arms. Then getting within range, they exchanged broadsides for twenty minutes. The fore-topmast of the Flambeau was injured, and in a sudden flaw of wind went overboard, carrying six men with it. As the Enterprise passed the spot she lowered a boat and saved the French men. Soon after this the Flambeau struck her colors
Extract of a Letter from Lieutenant ShawB043
I fell in with and captured the French privateer Flambeau, of twelve guns and ninety men. She engaged me for nearly two glasses; Flambeau four men killed, twenty wounded. The Enterprise had two wounded in the engagement

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