Capture of the Raleigh

27th September 1778
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Occupation of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon 14.9.1778
Next action : Action of 1778-10-20 20.10.1778

 

Great Britain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Experiment (50) Sir James Wallace (c.1732-1803)
Unicorn (20) John Ford (c.1738-1796) 10 killed, many wounded
 

United States of America

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Raleigh (32) John Barry (1745-1803) Captured 25 killed and wounded
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
On September 26th, the British ships Experiment, 50, Captain Sir James Wallace, and Unicorn, 20, Commander Matthew Squire, cruising off Boston, made out a large sail, and gave chase. The vessel thus discovered was the American 32-gun frigate Raleigh, Captain John Barry. The weather was thick, and by changing her course the American hoped that she had avoided the British ships; but in the course of the morning of the 27th, they again hove in sight. The Raleigh was a fast sailer, and was leaving them behind, when suddenly the wind dropped, enabling her enemies to come up. The Unicorn attacked first. Her fire brought down the Raleigh's fore-topmast and mizen-topmast, but the British ship was compelled by damage to her own rigging to haul off and refit. Meantime, the Experiment came up and opened on the Raleigh. Captain Barry, thus situated, determined to run his ship on some low-lying islands, which were in sight, and to abandon her. The first he was able to do, but before all his crew had got away, the Experiment's boats boarded the Raleigh and captured her with one hundred and thirty-six officers and men. She was got off without much difficulty and added to the British Navy. The presence of the Experiment, though she took but small part in the fighting, was doubtless the determining feature in the action.

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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