Action off Pointe du Raz

20th March 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1795-10-07 7.10.1795
Next action : Attack on Leogane 21.3.1796


Great Britain

British Frigates, John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow) (1753-1822)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pomone (44) Thomas EylesFleet Flagship
Anson (38) Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham (1763-1845)
Artois (38) Sir Edmund Nagle
Galatea (32) Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834)

République Française

French Convoy Escort
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Coquille (40)  
La Proserpine (38) François Henri Eugène Augier (1764-1834)
Unite (32)  
La Tamise (32)  
La Cigogne (20)  
Other French Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Étoile (24)   Captured

Notes on Action

On March 20th, off Pointe du Raz, the British frigates, Pomone, 40, Captain Sir John Borlase Warren; Anson, 44, Captain Philip Charles Durham; Artois, 38, Captain Sir Edmund Nagle, and Galatea, 32, Captain Richard Goodwin Keats, saw and chased a large French convoy under the charge of the frigates Proserpine, 40, Unite, Coquille, and Tamise, all of 36, and the corvette Cigogne, 20. 2 After taking several prizes from the convoy, the British squadron passed the French on the opposite tack, exchanging fire. The Galatea was roughly handled. Tacking, the British stood after the French, who steered for Pointe du Raz and Brest, whither they succeeded in effecting their escape. A French armed storeship, the Etoile, 28, was, however, added to the list of British prizes. The force of the British was superior in this affair, and it is not obvious why the French escaped so easily. Warren, the British senior officer, absurdly exaggerated the strength of his enemy in his report of the business. Of the convoy six ships in all were taken. The British loss was 2 killed and 6 wounded.

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