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Iris vs Citoyenne Française

13th May 1793
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Scourge vs Sans Culottes 13.3.1793
Next action : Capture of St Pierre & Miquelon 14.5.1793


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Iris (32) 1783-1833
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1809 Renamed "Solebay"
George LumsdaineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1811
4 killed, 30 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Citoyenne Française (36) 1792-1798
French 36 Gun
Privateer Frigate
1793 Renamed "Citoyenne Française"
1793 Renamed "Flore"
Louis de Briolle et DubedatFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1793
16 killed, 37 wounded CO Killed

Notes on Action

Description of the ActionW005

On the 13th of May, at 5 p.m., latitude 42° 34' north, and longitude 13° 12' west, the British 12-pounder 32-gun frigate Iris, Captain George Lumsdaine, while standing to the southward, with the wind at north-north-east, discovered a strange sail in the north-east quarter. The Iris immediately hauled to the wind, and gave chase. At 6 p.m. she hove-to for the strange ship, which appeared to be a French national frigate. At 6 h. 30 m. a.m. an action commenced, and continued, without interruption, until 8 p.m. ; when the Citoyenne-Française, as the stranger proved to be, hauled on board her fore and main tacks, and shot ahead, clear of her opponent's guns. At 8 h. 15 m. p.m., just as the Iris was about to make sail in pursuit, her foremast, main topmast, and mizenmast, went over the side. On seeing this, the Citoyenne-Française, whose masts, though much cut by shot, were all standing, hauled to the wind, and escaped

Out of 217 men and boys (admitting her net complement to have been on board), the Iris lost four seamen killed, her first lieutenant, master (Mr. Magee, mortally), and 30 seamen and marines wounded. The complement of the Citoyenne-Française could not have been less than 250 men and boys; of whom she appears to have lost Captain Dubedat, and 15 officers, seamen, and marines, killed, and 37 wounded.

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