Speedy vs Gamo

6th May 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the "Poisson Volant" 9.4.1801
Next action : Battle of Algeciras Bay 6.7.1801


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Speedy (14) Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860), Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860) 3 killed, 8 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Gamo (32)   Captured 15 killed, 41 wounded

Notes on Action

On May 6th, the Speedy met a large Spanish frigate, the Gamo. Sailing under American colours till he was close to his enemy, Cochrane, in spite of two broadsides from the Spaniard, which did him no damage, ran alongside, and fired his guns treble-shotted into the foe. The Spaniards attempted to board, but, as soon as Cochrane heard the order given, he sheered off, continuing his fire. A second and a third attempt on the part of the Spaniards were repulsed. Then, running under her big adversary once more, the Speedy emptied her whole crew upon the Spaniard's deck, and the Gamo was carried, though not without a struggle.

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