Action of 1797-08-11

11th August 1797
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 24.7.1797
Next action : Attack on Manilla 1.1.1798


Great Britain

British Squadron, John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow) (1753-1822)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pomone (44) Thomas EylesFleet Flagship
Jason (38) Charles Stirling (1760-1833)
Triton (32) John Gore (1772-1836)
Sylph (16) John Chambers White (1770-1845)

République Française

French Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Reolase (20)  

Notes on Action

On August 11th, Warren's squadron of three frigates (Pomone, Jason, and Triton) and one brig-sloop, the Sylph, 18, Commander John Chambers White, attacked a French convoy, under the charge of the corvette Reolaise, 20, a gunboat and a lugger. The gun-boat was destroyed and the corvette a good deal cut up, with a loss to the British ships of three killed and five wounded.

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Wednesday 7th of May 2014 18:57

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 67:pt. 2 (1797).
Letter dated on board the Pomone, at sea, Aug. 23
On the 23d inst. I chased, and drove upon the coast of Isle, L'Egalite armed chasse maree, of 4, 6 pounders, and 8 swivels, and which we afterward got off.
La Pomone, at sea, Sept. 6
My Lord, I beg leave to inform your Lordship, that I continued steering for the mouth of the Garonne; and on the 27th ult. being to the southward of the river, a number of vessels were seen in the south-west quarter. I made the signal for a general chase, and continued until night, when from the Triton being far advanced ahead, and the Jason to windward, the ships kept the enemy in sight after the approach of night. Owing to the exertions of Capt's Gore and Sterling, five of them were captured. A 2 A.M. being near the shore, a cutter was seen at anchor, that had accompanied the convoy, and one of the boats of this ship was sent to her; but being ordered to keep off, and seeing she was a vessel of force, returned. I stood in after her, and upon our firing a few shot, one of which cut away her mast, she slipped her cable and ran among the breakers upon the coast of Arcasson and into a most tremendous surf that broke on-board her, and must have stove her to pieces. She at last drove through, and I fancy several of her crew were drowned, and, as the tide left her, she fell over; the remainder of her men, about 90 in number, got ashore. She was called Le Petite Diable, a very fine vessel, pierced for 18 or 20 guns and 100 men complement.

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