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Lively vs Tourterelle

13th March 1795
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Blanche vs Pique 6.1.1795
Next action : Action off Genoa 14.3.1795


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Lively (32) 1794-1798
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Lord George Stewart (Viscount Garlies)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1814
2 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Tourterelle (28) 1794-1795
French 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
G. S. A MontalanFrench
Naval Sailor
Captured 16 killed, 25 wounded

Notes on Action

On March 13th, the Lively, 32, Commander George Burlton (actg. Captain), sighted the French Tourterelle, 28, Captain G. S. A. Montalan, in the Channel. 4 The French vessel did not decline the unequal battle, but stood to meet the Lively. Both opened fire soon after 10 A.M., when Captain Montalan, discovering the great superiority of his opponent, turned and attempted to retreat. In this he was unsuccessful, and the Lively closing the Tourterelle fought her till she struck at 1.30 P.M., in a very shattered state. The Tourterelle carried a furnace for heating shot, and had made use of it against the Lively, burning the latter's sails badly. The furnace was thrown overboard just before the French flag was lowered. At that time the use of hot shot was, perhaps rather foolishly, considered a breach of the tacit conventions of war.
Naval General Service MedalE-WIKI
A Naval General Service Medal Clasp was authorised for this action in 1847

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Posted by Cy on Thursday 23rd of September 2021 13:41

Certainly, I would like to see the letter. I could add the transcription to this page. Please send to the email address on the sites home page

Posted by Greg Scarfe on Thursday 23rd of September 2021 13:35

Thankyou for this information. Very useful as part of my family history research. I have an original letter, sent to my ancestor, written by a member of the French crew of the Tourterelle, giving his detailed description of this action. Mme Pravelle was captured and then granted parole in Brighton. Would you/ your site be interested in a transcriot of this letter?

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