Action of February 28 1760

28th February 1760
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Battle of Quiberon Bay 20.11.1759
Next action : Action of 4 April 1760 4.4.1760


Great Britain

British ships, John Elliot (1732-1808)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Aeolus (32) John Elliot (1732-1808)Fleet Flagship 4 killed, 15 wounded
Pallas (36) Michael Clements (1735-1797)
Brilliant (36) James Logie (c.1714-1779) 0 killed, 11 wounded

Royaume de France - François Thurot (1727-1760)

French ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Maréchal de Belleisle (46) François Thurot (1727-1760)Fleet Flagship 90 killed, 135 wounded Captured
La Blonde (30)   Captured
La Terpsichore (28)   Captured

Notes on Action

Description of the actionTRN3

At Dublin, on the 26th, the senior officer, Captain John Elliot, learnt that the enemy was still at Carrickfergus. That same evening, he found himself off the mouth of Belfast Lough, but, the wind being contrary, he could not get in. On the 28th, at 4 A.M., he caught sight of the French as they rounded Copeland Island, and gave chase. " About nine," continues Captain Elliot, in his dispatch of February 29th to the Duke of Bedford, "I got alongside their commodore; and, in a few minutes, the action became general, and continued very briskly for an hour and a half, when they all three struck their colours." The Marechal de Belleisle alone fought well; the Blonde and Terpsichore struck almost as soon as they were engaged. Elliot, with the prizes, subsequently put into Ramsay, Isle of Man, to refit. All the vessels were greatly disabled aloft, and the Marechal de Belleisle, which had suffered most of all, was with difficulty prevented from sinking.

The gallant Thurot, 1 who fell on this occasion, was an opponent who, in his method of carrying on the war, had never shut his eyes to the principles of honour, generosity, and humanity, and who was scarcely less lamented by his British foes than by his own countrymen. The three victorious captains were unanimously voted the thanks of the Irish House of Commons, and the Blonde and Terpsichore were purchased into the Royal Navy.

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