Action of 1803-09-02

2nd September 1803
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the Duquesne 25.7.1803
Next action : Bombardment of Calais 27.9.1803

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Tonnant (80) Sir Edward Pellew (1757-1833) no casualties
Culloden (74) Barrington Dacres (d.1806) 4 Wounded
 

République française

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Guerriere (74)   6 killed, 17 Wounded
Le Duguay Trouin (74)   no casualties
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On September 2nd, at 4 A.M., Calder, in the Prince of Wales, 98, whilst running in for Cape Ortegal, sighted the Duguay Trouin and the Guerriere. They immediately headed for Corunna; and Sir Edward Pellew's squadron, which was watching Ferrol, got under full sail and endeavoured to cut them off. The wind, however, was so strong in favour of the French that they escaped, after a hot chase by the Culloden, 74, Captain Barrington Dacres, and the Tonnant, 80, Captain Sir Edward Pellew. The Culloden alone got close enough to open fire. At about 11.50 A.M. she attacked the Duguay Trouin, and, a little later, the Guerriere. The Tonnant's main topgallant tie carried away and her jib split, which kept her behind the Culloden. The Duguay Trouin was the first to reach Corunna. The Culloden maintained her pursuit of the Guerriere, firing steadily the while, till, at 12.10 P.M., Calder made the signal to discontinue action, the British ships being at that time close to the neutral Spanish waters. The Tonnant, indeed, appears to have actually entered Spanish waters, as a Spanish fort fired at her. The Culloden's casualties were four men wounded. The Duguay Trouin seems to have come out of this second encounter with the British without loss or injury; but the Guerriere, according to information received by a British officer visiting Corunna, had 5 or 6 men killed, about 17 wounded, and her masts and yards crippled. Troude adds that her fore mast and mizen mast were so damaged as to be rendered unserviceable, and that amongst the wounded was Captain Baudoin.

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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