Capture of the South Carolina

20th December 1782
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
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Great Britain

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Diomede (44) Thomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799)
Astraea (32) Mathew Squire (d.1800)
Quebec (32) Christopher Mason (d.1801)

United States of America

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
South Carolina (40)   Captured 6 casualties?

Notes on Action

On December 20th, a British squadron, consisting of the Diomede, 44, Captain Thomas Lenox Frederick, Quebec, 32, and Astraea, 32, off the Delaware, fell in with the South Carolinan frigate South Carolina. After an eighteen hours' chase, the Diomede, seconded by the Quebec, closed the American, which fought for two hours, and then, as the Astraea was coming up fast, struck. The South Carolina carried an extraordinarily heavy battery for a frigate twenty-eight 32-prs., and twelve 12-prs.

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