Action off Cape Sicie

19th July 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Suffolk (74) Alexander Gilmour
Conqueror (74) Edward Fellowes (d.1841)

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Amélie (44)  
L'Adrienne (44)  

Notes on Action

On July 19th two French frigates, the Amelie, 40, and Adrienne, 40, returning, from Genoa with naval conscripts, were endeavouring to enter Toulon. Emeriau, apprised of their presence off the coast, weighed with the intention of proceeding into the offing to cover them; and just as Pellew, then off Cape Sicie with sixteen sail of the line and three frigates, signalled to his two inshore battleships, the Conqueror, 74, Captain Edward Fellowes, and Sultan, 74, Captain John West, to chase the frigates, the French vice-admiral left the road with thirteen sail of the line and the Incorruptible, 40. By 11.30 A.M. the Conqueror was near enough to the Amelie and Adrienne to open fire upon them; but, very soon afterwards, both she and the Sultan were exchanging distant broadsides with the four most advanced of the French battleships, and were obliged, in consequence, to shorten sail and tack off to the fleet, the French frigates joining their friends and returning with them to Toulon. No one seems to have been hurt on either side.

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