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Tartar vs Santa Margarita

11th November 1779
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Quebec vs Surveillante 6.10.1779
Next action : Combat de la Martinique 18.12.1779



Ship NameCommanderNotes
Santa Margarita (34) 1774-1779
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
  Captured 4 killed and wounded

Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Tartar (28) 1756-1797
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Alexander GraemeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1813
No casualties

Notes on Action

The Spanish 28-gun frigate Santa Margarita was sighted in the afternoon by Commodore George Johnstons off Finisterre. The Tartar, 28, Captain Alexander Graeme, was ordered to give chase, and came up with her at four o'clock, when, after a broadside or two, seeing that escape was hopeless in the face of the British squadron, she struck with four killed or wounded. The Tartar did not lose a man; but she suffered some damage, as, during the action, the Spaniard fell on board her, carrying away her rnizen topsail yard. The Santa Margarita carried twenty-six 12-prs. and two 6-prs., with two hundred and seventy men. She was purchased into the British service under the same name.

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