Ruby v La Solitaire

6th December 1782
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Battle of Cape Spartel 20.10.1782
Next action : Action of 1782-12-12 12.12.1782


Great Britain

British Ship
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ruby (64) John Collins (c.1734-1794) 2 wounded

Royaume de France

French Ship
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Solitaire (64) Borda (Chevalier de Borda) Captured 20+ killed, 35 wounded

Notes on Action

Description of the ActionTRN4
On December 6th, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Hughes fell in with a small French squadron off Barbados; and the Ruby, 64, Captain John Collins, succeeded in bringing the Solitaire, 64, Captain Chevalier de Borda, to close action at about 1.30 P.M. After a stout fight, the French ship struck, as a second vessel of the line was coming up to the help of the Ruby.

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