Action of 15th February 1783

15th February 1783
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
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Great Britain

British Division, Charles Inglis (c.1731-1791)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Saint Albans (64) Charles Inglis (c.1731-1791)Squadron Flagship
Magnificent (74) Robert Linzee (c.1740-1805)
Prudent (64) Andrew Barkley (c.1737-1790)
Barbadoes (14) Mathew Smith

Royaume de France

French Division, Henri Pantaléon de Mac Nemara (Comte de Mac Nemara) (1743-1790)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Amphion (50) Henri Pantaléon de Mac Nemara (Comte de Mac Nemara) (1743-1790)Squadron Flagship escape and took 3 privateers
La Concorde (32)   Captured

Notes on Action


Captain Charles Inglis was given command of a squadron of four ships cruising independently in the West Indies. The squadron, consisting of HMS St ALbans , the 64-gun HMS Prudent , the 74-gun HMS Magnificent under Captain Robert Linzee and the sloop HMS Barbados , had arrived in St Lucia . They were to eventually help blockade Cap Français off Saint-Domingue with the help of ships of the line from the Jamaica Station . On 12 February reports arrived of a French Squadron, consisting of Triton , Amphion and several frigates, having sailed from Martinique , and so the squadron was sent to investigate.

Magnificent sailed from Gros Islet Bay on 12 February 1783 in company with Prudent and St Albans . Three days later, a French frigate was sighted just past Guadeloupe Island by Magnificent . The frigate was the Concorde carrying 36 guns and 300 men , and was under the command of Chevalier du Clesmaur.  Magnificent gave chase and by 20:00 as darkness fell, Concorde opened fire on her pursuer with her stern guns . Magnificent however overhauled the French ship by 21:15, and after fifteen minutes of fighting that included a devastating broadside , forced her to strike her colours . Magnificent then took possession of Concorde .


Extract of a letter from Admiral Pigot, Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Ships at the Leeward Islands, to Mr. Stephens, dated Formidable, Gros Islet Bay , St. Lucia, March 3, 1783.

On my arrival in this bay, I learned that the Triton, Amphion, and one or two Frigates, were sailed from Martinique : I immediately dispatched Captain Inglis on the St. Alban's, with the Prudent, Magnificent. and Barbadoes Sloop, to range along the Islands as far as Eustatius. I have received a letter from him, acquainting me, that, off Sandy Point, St. Christopher's, he discovered the Amphion and Concorde Frigate; that they hauled close under the Batteries ; but, not liking their situation, they weighed and pushed for St. Eustatius; that the Amphion got in security under that Island; but that the Magnificent had taken the Concorde, and that she was now in English Harbour. She is a very fine frigate of 36 guns, wants nothing but a main and foremast.


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