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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) 1794-1837
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Harry Burrard NealeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1814
Amelia (38) 1796-1816
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
The Hon. Charles HerbertBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1805
 

République Française

 
French Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Semillante (32) 1791-1808
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
La Cornelie (44) 1797-1808
French 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
La Vengeance (48) 1794-1800
French 48 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
 

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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