Action of 1814-01-18

18th January 1814
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Severn (44) Joseph Nourse
 

Empire Français

 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Sultane (44) Abel Dupetit Thouars
L'Étoile (44) Pierre Henry Philibert (1774-1824)
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
The Etoile, Captain Pierre Henri Philibert, and Sultane, Captain Abel Dupetit Thouars, had sailed from Nantes at the end of October, 1813. On January 18th, 1814, they were in nearly mid-Atlantic, when they sighted the Severn, 40, Captain Joseph Nourse, which was in charge of a convoy from England to Bermuda. After ascertaining that the strangers were enemies, Nourse made all possible sail from them, and signalled to the vessels in his company to take care of themselves. At 10.30 A.M. the Severn began firing her stern chasers at the Etoile, which was the leading Frenchman; but not till 4.5 P.M. did the Etoile reply. From that time until 5.30 there ensued a running fight; but the Severn gradually drew ahead, and, though the chase continued for some time, it was abandoned at 8 A.M. on the 19th. The convoy got away in safety to the westward.


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