Ruby v La Prudente

2nd June 1779
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Action in Cancale Bay 13.5.1779
Next action : Capture of the Revenge 5.6.1779


Great Britain

British Ship
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ruby (64) Michael John Everitt (d.1779) CO Killed 2 killed, 5 wounded

Royaume de France

French Ship
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Prudente (32)   Captured

Notes on Action

Description of the actionTRN4
The British ships Ruby, 64, Captain Michael John Everitt, Molus, 32, and the sloop Jamaica, 18, were cruising off Hayti, when on June 2nd, in the Bay of Gonave, they fell in with the French frigate Prudente, 36, 3 Captain d'Escars. The Ruby chased her for some hours, and was much annoyed by the well-directed fire of the enemy's stern-chasers, by which Captain Everitt and a sailor lost their lives. When within easy range of her, at about sunset, the Ruby compelled her to strike, with the loss of two killed and three wounded. She was purchased into the British Navy under the same name.

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