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) Lord George Stewart (Viscount Garlies) (1768-1834) 2 wounded
 

République Française

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Tourterelle (28) G. S. A Montalan Captured 16 killed, 25 wounded
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
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.
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A Naval General Service Medal Clasp was authorised for this action in 1847


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