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Action of 1794-04-23

23rd April 1794
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Operations against San Domingo 4.1.1794 - 4.6.1794
Next action : Orpheus vs Duguay Trouin 5.5.1794


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Arethusa (38) 1781-1814
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Sir Edward PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
3 killed, 5 wounded
Concorde (36) 1783-1811
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1 killed, 12 wounded
Melampus (36) 1785-1815
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Thomas WellsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1810
5 killed, 5 wounded
Flora (36) 1780-1808
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Sir John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
1 killed, 3 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Résolue (32) 1778-1798
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
L'Engageante (32) 1766-1794
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Naval Sailor
Unknown Captured
La Pomone (32) 1785-1794
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Étienne PévroeuxFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1812
80-100 casualties Captured
Le Babet (24) 1793-1794
French 24 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
Pierre-Joseph-Paul BelhommeFrench
Naval Sailor
30-40 casualties Captured

Notes on Action

On April 23rd, the British frigates Flora, 36, Commodore Sir John Borlase Warren; Arethusa, 38, Captain Sir Edward Pellew; Melampus, 36, 2 Captain Thomas Wells; Concorde, 36, Captain Sir Eichard John Strachan; and Nymphe, 36, Captain George Murray, whilst cruising off the Channel Islands, sighted the French ships Engageante, 36, Commodore Desgarceaux; Resolue, 36, Captain P. Villeon; Pomone, 44, Captain Etienne Pevrieu; and Babet, 20, Lieutenant P. J. P. Belhomme. The French formed in line of battle: the British came up one by one to windward of them. The Flora began the action at 6.30 A.M., but lost her maintopmast, had her rigging cut to pieces, and dropped behind. The Arethusa, after engaging the Babet, took the Flora's place, whilst both sides crowded all sail the French to escape, the British to pursue. The Arethusa and Melampus captured the Babet at 8.30: the Engageante and Resolue had left the Pomone behind, and on that ship next fell the brunt of the British onset. Already the Pomone had been much damaged by the Flora's fire. The Arethusa completed her discomfiture by shooting away her main and mizen-masts, and setting her on fire. She struck at 9.30. The Concorde and Melampus then pushed on after the Eesolue and Engageante, but could not separate the pair nor delay them both enough to enable the other ships to come up. The Concorde accordingly decided to secure one, and closed the Engageante. The two fought side by side almost uninterrupted, as the Resolue quickly retired and the other British ships were too far astern to give help. At 1.45 P.M. the Engageante struck.

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