DescriptionTRN4 On August 12th, the British frigate Coventry, 28, Captain Andrew Mitchel, whilst on her way from Bombay to join Hughes's squadron off Ceylon, fell in with the French Bellone of 32 guns, Captain de Piervert. The two closed and fought a desperate but indecisive action for two or two and a half hours, early in which the French captain fell. The second and third officers of the Bellone disputed as to the command, and meanwhile the French ship was paralysed. Each side accuses the other of retiring; the British Captain alleging that the Bellone was only saved by the arrival of the main French fleet. Both ships sustained severe damage and heavy loss.