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Action of 1782-12-12

12th December 1782
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Ruby v La Solitaire 6.12.1782
Next action : Capture of the South Carolina 20.12.1782


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Mediator (44) 1782-1810
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
1788 Renamed "Camel"
The Hon. James LuttrellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1784

Allied (United States of America & Royaume de France)

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Aimable Eugénie (28) 1782-1783
French 28 Gun
Privateer Armed Ship
Nicolas-Thomas BaudinFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1803
L'Alexandre (24) 1781-1782
French 24 Gun
Privateer Ship
Stephen GregoryAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1817
6 killed, 9 wounded Captured
La Ménagère (28) 1776-1782
French 28 Gun
6th Rate Flûte
4 killed, 8 wounded Captured
Le Dauphin Royal (12) 1782-1787
French 12 Gun
Unrated Transport
Antoine ChambertFrench
Naval Sailor

Notes on Action

On December 12th, Captain the Hon. John Luttrell, in the Mediator, 44, sighted five French and American vessels, mostly storeships or vessels armed en flute, and bound for the West Indies. They shortened sail and waited for him, on which he bore down, captured the Alexandre, mounting twenty-four 9-prs.; then, resuming the chase, got possession of two more large ships, the Eugene and Menagere, without the loss of a man in the Mediator. The Alexandre' s captain, when a prisoner in the Mediator, attempted to foment a mutiny, for which he was placed in irons.

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