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Action off Flushing

1st August 1757
Fought at : Vlissingen - Zeeland - Walcheren
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Louisbourg Expedition 8.1757 - 10.1757
Next action : Prince Edward v French Frigate 24.8.1757

The British 24-gun ship Seahorse, commanded by Captain Thomas Taylor, having under his orders the Raven and Bonetta sloops, Captains John Bover and John Clarke, being off Ostend, fell in with two 12-pounder French frigates. The Seahorse being at anchor with the two sloops, immediately weighed and stood out to meet the enemy; and at 12h. 30m. p.m., brought the weathermost ship to action, within pistol-shot distance. The fire of the British ship induced her opponent, after a short engagement, to bear up and close her consort to leeward, under jury topmasts ; but she was closely followed by the Seahorse, which ship, for a considerable time single-handed, engaged the two French ships. The Raven and Bonetta joining, the frigates, at 3h. 45m., bore up and made all sail away, leaving the Seahorse so much cut up in sails and rigging that she was unable to chase them. The Seahorse, in her gallant action, had ten men killed or mortally wounded, and nine wounded, including her captain, slightly. Captain Bover, of the Raven, was also wounded. The Bonetta was disabled early in the action, and did not render any material service.

 

Great Britain

 
British ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Seahorse (24) 1748-1784
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Thomas TaylorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1771
Squadron Flagship 10 killed, 9 wounded
Bonetta (10) 1756-1776
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John ClarkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1776
Raven (14) 1745-1763
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William LongBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1770
 

Royaume de France

 
French ships,
François ThurotFrench
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Privateer
Service 1757
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Maréchal de Belleisle (46) 1757-1760
French 46 Gun
4th Rate Frigate
François ThurotFrench
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Privateer
Service 1757
Le Chauvelin (36) 1757-1758
French 36 Gun
Privateer Frigate
 
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN3
fought off Flushing on 1st August, with the Seahorse, a 24-gun frigate, carrying 9-pounders. After an engagement lasting three hours and a half, the Seahorse was almost dismantled and had eight men killed, and seventeen badly wounded. She was of much smaller force than either the Belleisle or the Chauvelin, and ought to have been captured.


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