Capture of the Pallas

5th February 1800 - 6th February 1800
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Loire (40) James Newman (d.1811)
Danae (20) William Allen Proby
Harpy (16) Henry Bazely
Fairy (14) Joshua Sydney Horton
Railleur (14) William James Turquand (d.1800)

Notes on Action


On February 5th, 1800, the British sloops Fairy, 16, Commander Joshua Sydney Horton, and Harpy, 18, Commander Henry Bazely, off St. Malo discovered the French frigate Pallas, 38, Captain Jacques Epron. 6 The British vessels stood out to sea and were followed by the Pallas, which closed and engaged them. An action of over an hour followed, in which the Harpy several times raked her opponent. Then the Pallas retired, leaving the Harpy and Fairy too much damaged to follow her.

Repairing their damage, the Fairy and Harpy made sail in chase of the Pallas, when they sighted, coming up ahead, the British Loire, 38, Captain James Newman Newman, Danae, 20, Captain Lord Proby, and Railleur, 16, Commander William Turquand. These joined in the chase, and the Railleur, at about 7.45 P.M., compelled the Pallas to tack off-shore, when she passed the Loire and exchanged fire. At 11 P.M. the Loire closed her off the Sept lies, and began a sharp action with her and a battery on shore. The Railleur, Harpy, and Fairy all joined in, and the five ships fought running on the starboard tack till 1.30, when the Harpy got under the Pallas's stern and gave her several raking broadsides. On this she struck after a brilliant resistance to an overwhelming force. The Loire had on board one hundred "volunteers" from prison-ships who showed great cowardice. The British loss in this action was nine killed and thirty-six wounded; the French loss is unknown. The Pallas, a remarkably fine frigate, was purchased for the Navy and renamed Pique.

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