Iris vs Hermione

6th June 1780
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Iris (32) James Hawker (c.1731-1787) 7 killed, 9 wounded

Royaume de France

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Hermione (32) Chevalier Louis René Levassor de La Touche (1745-1804) 10 killed, 37 wounded

Notes on Action

On June 6th, in West Indian waters, the Iris, 32, Captain James Hawker, engaged for eighty minutes the French 32 of equal force, Hermione, Captain de La Touche. Each side accuses the other of breaking off the engagement, but as the Hermione was coppered, and therefore presumably the fastest sailer, it is probable that she, rather than the Iris, retired. The British loss was seven killed and nine wounded; the French lost ten killed and thirty-seven wounded; which bears out the account of the Iris's log, and leads us to think that the Hermione had all the worst of it.

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