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Destruction of the Calliope

16th July 1797
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1797-04-26 26.4.1797
Next action : Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 24.7.1797


Great Britain

British Vessels,
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 Captured
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 1777-1814
Sylph (16) 1795-1811
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John Chambers WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1845
6 wounded

République Française

French Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Calliope (28) 1797-1797
French 28 Gun
6th Rate Ship

Notes on Action

On July 16th, Sir John Borlase Warren's frigate squadron, composed of the Pomone, 40, Anson, 44, Artois, 38, Sylph, 18, and a cutter, chased a French convoy in charge of the Calliope, 28, and two corvettes. The corvettes escaped into Audierne Bay, but the Calliope was driven upon the Penmarcks early on the 17th. To prevent the French crew from removing her stores and guns, she was cannonaded, first by the Anson and then at close quarters by the Sylph. The Calliope went to pieces on the 18th. The loss of the Sylph in her gallant attack was six wounded.

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