l'Aquilon vs Antelope

14th May 1757
Fought at : Audierne
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Action of 5th April 1757 5.4.1757
Next action : Unicorn vs Invincible 18.5.1757

The Antelope, Captain Alexander Hood, cruizing off the French coast, gave chase to and brought to action the French 50 gun ship, the Aquilon. After exchanging a few broadsides, the Aquilon sheered off and stood in for the land, followed by the Antelope under all sail. Finding it impossible to escape, the Aquilon ran upon a ridge of rocks in Audierne Bay, where she was totally wrecked. The Antelope had three men killed and 13 wounded in this encounter. Among the latter was a young midshipman named Murray, who had both his legs carried away by a shot. While under the surgeon's hands, it is stated, that hearing the crew on deck give three cheers, he waved his hand round his head and expired. The Aquilon had 55 killed and wounded.


Royaume de France

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Aquilon (42)  55 killed & wounded Sunk

Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Antelope (50) Thomas Saumarez (1720-1766)3 killed, 13 wounded

Notes on Action

Brief note on the actionTRN3

The Aquilon, 50, was met, on May 14th, by the Antelope, 50, Captain Alexander Arthur Hood, which was cruising off Brest. After a short action the Aquilon was run on the rocks of Audierne Bay, where she became a total wreck.


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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