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Action of 1814-01-18

18th January 1814
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1814-01-16 16.1.1814
Next action : Action of 1814-01-23 23.1.1814

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Severn (44) 1813-1825
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Joseph NourseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1180-1816
 

Empire Français

 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Sultane (44) 1813-1814
French 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Abel Dupetit ThouarsFrench
Naval Sailor
L'Étoile (44) 1813-1814
French 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Pierre Henry PhilibertFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 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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