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Capture of the South Carolina

20th December 1782
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Action of 1782-12-12 12.12.1782
Next action : Action of 1783-01-02 2.1.1783


Great Britain

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Diomede (44) 1781-1795
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Thomas Lennox FrederickBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1799
Astraea (32) 1781-1808
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Mathew SquireBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1799
Quebec (32) 1781-1816
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Christopher MasonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1801

United States of America

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
South Carolina (40) 1781-1782
American 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
  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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Posted by Joe Sprowl on Saturday 21st of January 2023 02:22

Hello, does a list of seamen exist of the men that were aboard the South Carolina when it was captured? Thank you, Joe

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