Action of 1796-04-20

20th April 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Indefatigable (38) Sir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)
Amazon (36) Robert Carthew Reynolds (1745-1811)
Concorde (36) Anthony Hunt (d.1798)

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Virginie (40)  

Notes on Action

Sir Edward Pellew, in the Indefatigable, 44, with the Amazon, 36, Captain Robert Carthew Reynolds, and Concorde, 36, Captain Anthony Hunt, sighted the French Virginie, 40, Captain Bergeret, off the Lizard. The three British ships at once crowded all sail and stood after the enemy. The wind was south-east, and prevented the Virginie from retreating to Brest. After a fifteen hours' chase the Indefatigable got close enough to begin a running fight. At about midnight the action commenced. After an hour and three-quarters' firing the Virginie lost her mizen-mast and main-top-mast, and the Indefatigable her mizen-topmast and gaff. By reason of these injuries the British ship shot ahead and was all but raked. She was repairing damages when the Concorde came up astern of the Virginie, whereupon the latter struck in a very crippled condition, with four feet of water in her hold. The Virginie had been bravely fought against a very superior force.

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