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Terpsichore vs Mahonesa

13th October 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Pelican vs Médée 23.9.1796
Next action : Terpsichore vs Vestale 13.12.1796


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Terpsichore (32) 1785-1830
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Richard BowenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
0 killed, 4 wounded


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Mahonesa (34) 1789-1796
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Tomás de AyaldeSpanish
Naval Sailor
Captured 30 killed, 30 wounded

Notes on Action

On October 13th, off Cartagena, the Terpsichore, 32, Captain Richard Bowen, with a weak and sickly crew, engaged the Spanish Mahonesa, 34, Captain Don T. Ayaldi. After a two hours' warm action the Terpsichore dropped astern with serious injuries to masts and rigging. Refitting in twenty minutes, she came up again, when the Mahonesa struck her colours. The Terpsichore had her three masts wounded, and shots through her spars and boats: otherwise she was little the worse. The Mahonesa was added to the Navy.

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