Alert vs Coureur

17th June 1778
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Ranger vs Drake 24.4.1778
Next action : Encounter at Sandy Hook 22.7.1778


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Alert (10) William George Fairfax (1739-1813) 4 killed, 4 wounded

Royaume de France

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Coureur (14) de Rosily Captured 5 killed, 7 wounded

Notes on Action

The British cutter Alert, Lieut. William George Fairfax, attacked the French lugger Coureur. The Alert carried eighty men, twelve 6's, and as many swivels: the Coureur had fifty men, two 3's, eight 2's, and six swivels; she was commanded by Enseigne de Rosily. She was ordered to go to the British Admiral; refused; and was at once fired upon. The two fought at pistol-shot range for nearly an hour and a half, until the Coureur struck. She hit the Alert several times on the water-line and cut up her rigging.

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