Ranger vs Drake

24th April 1778
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Action of 1778-03-07 7.3.1778
Next action : Alert vs Coureur 17.6.1778


Great Britain

Unknown Division
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Ship NameCommanderNotes
Drake (14) George Burdon (d.1778) Captured 5 killed, 20 wounded

United States of America

Unknown Division
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Ranger (14) John Paul Jones (1747-1792)



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Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 24th of April 2014 21:25

The Edinburgh Magazine, and Literary Miscellany: 1778
A letter from Brest, of May 17, says, "The Ranger, privateer, Capt. Jones, has brought into this port the Drake sloop of war, of sixteen guns, after an engagement, wherein the Captain of the Drake and forty of his men were killed, and many others wounded. The Ranger had two men killed and a number wounded.

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