Action of 1799-04-09

9th April 1799
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Telegraph vs Hirondelle 18.3.1799
Next action : Capture off Cape Sicie 19.6.1799


Great Britain

British Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
San Fiorenzo (36) Harry Burrard Neale
Amelia (38) The Hon. Charles Herbert (1774-1808)

République Française

French Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Semillante (32)  
Cornelie (40)  
La Vengeance (48)  

Notes on Action

Description of the ActionTRN4
On April 9th, the British San Fiorenzo, 36, Captain Sir Harry Burrard Neale, and Amelia, 38, Captain the Hon. Charles Herbert (1), were cruising off Belle Isle, where lay three French frigates, the Cornelie, 40, Semillante, 36, and Vengeance, 40, when a squall carried away the Amelia's main top-mast and her two other topgallant- masts. 1 On this the three French ships stood out, and, supported by a gunboat, attacked the frigates. A scrambling distant action of three hours followed, after which the French retired, to the great surprise of the British. The San Fiorenzo and Amelia were much cut up in their rigging. They had to face not only the French ships but also a battery on Hoe'dic Island. The retreat of the French was explained by the fact that they imagined they were dealing with two cut-down ships of the line.

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