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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)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pomone (44) 1794-1802
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Thomas EylesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
Fleet Flagship
Anson (38) 1781-1807
British 38 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson DurhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1814
Artois (38) 1794-1797
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Sir Edmund NagleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1819
Galatea (32) 1794-1809
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Richard Goodwin KeatsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1825

République Française

French Convoy Escort
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Coquille (40) 1794-1798
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1795 Renamed "Coquille"
La Proserpine (38) 1785-1796
French 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
François Henri Eugène AugierFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1831
Unite (32) 1787-1796
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1793 Renamed "Unite"
1796 Renamed "Variante"
La Tamise (32) 1793-1796
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
La Cigogne (20) 1796-1796
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
Other French Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Étoile (24) 1783-1796
French 24 Gun
6th Rate flûte

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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