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|British Squadron, Arthur Forrest (c.1716-1770)|
|Name : Augusta (60)||Arthur Forrest (c.1716-1770)||Fleet Flagship 9 dead, 29 Wounded|
|Name : Dreadnought (60)||Maurice Suckling (1726-1778)||9 killed, 30 Wounded|
|Name : Edinburgh (64)||William Langdon (1711-1785)||5 killed, 30 wounded|
|French Squadron, Chevalier Guy-François de Coëtnempren (Comte de Kersaint) (1703-1759)|
|Name : L'Intrépide (74)||Chevalier Guy-François de Coëtnempren (Comte de Kersaint) (1703-1759)||Fleet Flagship|
|Name : Le Sceptre (74)||Clavel|
|Name : L'Opiniatre (64)||Mollieu|
|Name : Greenwich (50)||Foucault|
|French Ships not in the Line|
|Name : La Sauvage (32)||Antoine de Marges de Saint-Victoret (1712-1788)|
|Name : La Licorne (32)|
|Name : L'Outarde (18)|
On October 21st, de Kersaint issued forth [from Cape Francois], hoping by his very appearance in such force to drive Forrest away. The latter, upon the French being signalled, summoned his brother captains on board the Augusta, and, when they met him on his quarterdeck, said, "Well, gentlemen, you see they are come out to engage us." Upon which Captain Suckling answered, " I think it would be a pity to disappoint them." Captain Langdon was of the same opinion. "Very well," replied Captain Forrest; "go on board your ships again"; and he at once made the signal to bear down and engage the enemy.
The French had seven vessels to the British three. Captain Suckling took the van, Captain Forrest the centre, and Captain Langdon the rear. The action began at about 3.20 P.M., and continued very briskly for two hours and a half, when the French commodore ordered one of his frigates to come and tow him out of the line. Others of his squadron soon followed his example; and eventually the French made off. The British ships were all much cut up aloft. The Augusta lost 9 killed and 29 wounded; the Dreadnought, 9 killed and 30 wounded; and the Edinburgh, 5 killed and 30 wounded.
The loss of the French is said to have exceeded 500 in killed and wounded. Few pluckier or more creditable actions have ever been fought; and it is worth noting that among the British captains, all of whom greatly distinguished themselves, one, Maurice Suckling, was a maternal uncle of Lord Nelson, and Nelson's earliest patron. Forrest had to bear up for Jamaica, in order to get his ships refitted. De Kersaint, in the meantime, picked up his convoy and sailed for France. But, at the very end of his voyage, he met with a severe storm, in which the Opinlcltre, Greenwich, and Outarde drove ashore and were wrecked.