Action of 1799-12-17

17th December 1799
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1799-11-24 24.11.1799
Next action : Capture of the Pallas 5.2.1800 - 6.2.1800


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Glenmore (36) George Duff (1764-1805)
Aimable (32) Henry Raper (1767-1845)

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Sirène (40) Charles Berrenger (1757-1814)
La Bergère (18)  

Notes on Action

On December 17th, the British Glenmore, 36, Captain George Duff, and Aimable, 32, Captain Henry Eaper, with a large convoy, fell in with the French Sirene, 36, Captain J. M. Kenaud, Bergere, 18, Captain Bourdichon, and the Calcutta, East Indiaman, which the French had just captured, off Madeira. The Glenmore mistook the Calcutta for a cut-down ship of the line and stood in chase of her and captured her. Meantime the Aimable pursued the two French warships, and at 1.30 P.M. was out of sight of her consort. She attacked the Bergere, hoping that the Glenmore would come up to her aid; but, when this did not happen and the Sirene wore and stood towards her, she had to draw off. She remained watching the French ships till nightfall, when she rejoined the convoy.

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