Capture of the Généreux

18th February 1800
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the Pallas 5.2.1800 - 6.2.1800
Next action : Capture of the Guillaume Tell 31.3.1800

 

Great Britain

 
British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Foudroyant (80) Sir Edward Berry (1768-1831)
Northumberland (74) George Martin (1765-1847)
Audacious (74) Davidge Gould (1758-1847)
Alexander (74) Alexander John Ball (1757-1809), William Harrington
Success (32) Shuldham Peard 1 killed, 9 wounded
 

République française

 
French Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Généreux (74)  Fleet Flagship Captured
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4

On February 15th the Commander-in-Chief learnt from the Success, 32, Captain Shuldham Peard, which had been cruising off the south-west of Sicily, that a small French squadron was about to attempt to throw troops and stores into Malta. This squadron, which had quitted Toulon on February 7th, 2 consisted, as it afterwards appeared, of the Genereux, 74, flagship of Rear-Admiral Perree, Badine, 28, Fauvette, 20, Sans Pareille, 20, and two or three transports, among which was the Ville de Marseilles. To prevent this little force from carrying out its mission, Keith, in the Queen Charlotte, kept close off the entrance to Valetta harbour, and ordered the Foudroyant, Audacious, and Northumberland to chase to wind-ward, the wind being south-east, and the Lion to watch the channel between Malta and Gozo. The Alexander was at the time on the south-east side of the island.


At dawn on February 18th, the Alexander sighted and chased Rear-Admiral Perree and was observed by Nelson's division. At 8 A.M., Harrington forced the Ville de Marseilles to bring to. At 1.30 P.M., the Badine and the two corvettes tacked, but the Genereux, not having it in her power to do so without getting to close quarters with the Alexander, bore up. At that time, the Success, 32, which was to leeward, greatly annoyed the Frenchman by lying athwart his hawse and raking him repeatedly; but she could not avoid presently receiving a broadside, which killed one, and wounded nine of her people. By 4.30 P.M., the Foudroyant and Northumberland coming up, the Genereux, after a couple of guns had been discharged at her, fired a broadside and struck her colours. That the enemy did not make a more determined defence is probably due to the fact that, early in the action, Perree was badly injured in the left eye, and that a little later he was mortally wounded by a shot which carried away his right thigh. He was a gallant and capable man, whose loss was much regretted by the many British officers who had met him either as friend or as foe.



Sources


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

Previous comments on this pageno comments to display
Make a comment about this page





Recent comments to other pages
Date postedByPage
Thursday 18th of July 2019 08:42CyRussian Third Rate ship of the line 'Yaroslav' (1784) (74)
Thursday 18th of July 2019 08:10CyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Tonnant' (1743) (80)
Wednesday 17th of July 2019 20:55James Jeffrey CotterBritish ketch 'Portsmouth' (1665) (10)
Wednesday 17th of July 2019 20:25Albert ParkerFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Tonnant' (1743) (80)
Wednesday 17th of July 2019 17:32GrammontRussian Third Rate ship of the line 'Yaroslav' (1784) (74)