Action of 1801-09-02

2nd September 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the Chiffone 19.8.1801
Next action : Capture of the Duquesne 25.7.1803


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pomone (44) Edward Leveson Gower (1776-1853)
Minerve (38) George Cockburn (1772-1853)
Phoenix (36) Lawrence William Halstead

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Bravoure (40)   Sunk
Le Succès (32)   Captured

Notes on Action

At the end of the month, learning that the Phoenix was at anchor alone off Piombino, General Watrin sent orders to the Succes and Bravoure to endeavour to capture her. Those frigates put to sea on August 31st, but, early on September 2nd, as they were nearing the Phoenix, which, in the meantime, had been rejoined by the Pomone, they were chased by the Minerve, 42, Captain George Cockburn. Cockburn made the signal for an enemy to Halsted and Gower, who at once weighed, and bore up in chase under all .sail. At 10.30 A.M., perceiving that she was dropping astern, the Succes, Captain J. F. I. Bretel, ran herself ashore, and, being fired at in passing by the Minerve, struck without returning a shot. The Pomone took possession of her, while the Minerve stood on after the Bravoure, which finally, baffled by a shift of wind, missed stays and .grounded under a battery about four miles south of Leghorn. There her masts presently went by the board and she became a total loss. Lieutenant William Kelly (2), 3 of the Minerve, boarded her, but was able to bring away only very few prisoners. Lieutenant Charles Thompson (2), of the Phoenix, succeeded in floating the Succes, and she was restored to the Royal Navy. These affairs cost no loss of British life.

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