Unicorn vs Vestale

8th January 1761
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Action off Cuba 18.10.1760
Next action : Seahorse vs Aigrette 10.1.1761


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Unicorn (28) Thomas Graves (1725-1802) CO Killed

Royaume de France

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Vestale (30)  † Captured

Notes on Action

On January 8th, 1761, the Unicorn, 28, Captain Joseph Hunt, cruising off Penmarck, fought a sharp action with, and captured, the Vestale, 32, which later became the Flora in the British Navy. The captains of both ships were mortally wounded. On the following day the Unicorn chased, but could not come up with, the Aigrette, 32, and, on the 10th, saw her engage the Seahorse, 20, Captain James Smith, then carrying out astronomers to India to observe the transit of Venus. Again she tried to come up, but could not; and the Aigrette, having mauled the Seahorse considerably, refused to be further detained and forced to fight at a disadvantage.

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