Vestal vs Bellone

21st February 1759
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Attack against Guadeloupe 22.1.1759 - 1.5.1759
Next action : Action of 12/13th March 1759 12.3.1759 - 13.3.1759

 

Great Britain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Vestal (32) Samuel Hood (1724-1816) 5 killed, 20 wounded
Trent (28) John Lindsay (1737-1788)
 

Royaume de France

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Bellone (32)  40+ killed, many wounded
 

Notes on Action


Description of the engagementTRN3
The Vestal had been cruising for a year, chiefly in the Soundings, but, on February 12th, had sailed with Rear-Admiral Holmes for North America. On the 21st, being then in advance of the squadron, she sighted a sail ahead. It was soon seen that the stranger was an enemy; and, signalling this fact to Holmes, Hood made sail in chase. The Rear-Admiral detached the Trent, 28, reputed to be a fine sailer, to support the Vestal; but it may here be said that the Trent had no share at all in the engagement, she being still four miles astern when the enemy struck. The action lasted from two in the afternoon until six, when the Bellone had lost forty men in killed alone, and was totally dismasted. The Vestal had only her lower masts standing. She returned to Spithead with her prize, which was bought into the Navy and renamed Repulse

Sources


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

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