Daedalus vs Prudente

9th February 1799
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 4 January 1799 4.1.1799
Next action : Capture of the Forte 28.2.1799 - 1.3.1799


Great Britain

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Daedalus (32) Henry Lidgbird Ball (1756-1818) 2 killed, 14 wounded

République Française

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Prudente (36) Hypolite Lejolif 27 killed, 22 wounded

Notes on Action

On February 9th, the British Daedalus, 32, Captain Henry Lidgbird Ball, cruising in the Indian Ocean, sighted the French Prudente, 36, Captain Joliff, with a prize. The Prudente had only thirty guns on board, having left eight at Mauritius, and she had already detached seventeen of her officers and men to form the prize crew. She separated from her prize and was soon closed by the Daedalus, which engaged her hotly just after noon. The British ship crossed her stern, raked her and luffed, bringing the two broadside to broadside. , At 1.21 P.M., the Prudente struck in a very shattered condition. According to Troude, she was a privateer and not a warship.

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