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Capture of Spanish Treasure Ships

15th October 1799 - 17th October 1799
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1799-10-12 12.10.1799
Next action : Action of 1799-11-24 24.11.1799

 

Great Britain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ethalion (38) 1797-1799
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
James YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1825
Naiad (38) 1797-1866
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William PierrepontBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1812
Alcmene (32) 1794-1809
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
George Johnstone HopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1815
Triton (32) 1796-1814
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John GoreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1825
 

Spain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Santa Brigida (34) 1785-1799
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
  Captured
Tetis (34) 1793-1799
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
  Captured
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4

On October 15th, the British frigate, Naiad, 38, Captain William Pierrepont, cruising in the bay, sighted the two Spanish frigates, Santa Brigida, 34, and Thetis, 34, with treasure from Mexico on board to the value of 600,000. She at once gave chase, and early next morning saw another ship, the Ethalion, 38, Captain James Young, which also joined in the chase. A third British frigate, the Alcmene, 32, Captain Henry Digby, and a fourth, the Triton, 32, Captain John Gore, arrived on the scene after day broke. The two Spaniards then separated and took different courses. The Ethalion pursued the Thetis, passing the Santa Brigida and firing into her. At 11.30, the Ethalion brought the Thetis to action, and, after a running fight of an hour, captured her.

Meantime the Sta. Brigida doubled Cape Finisterre, closely pursued by the Triton. The latter was so unfortunate as to strike a reef, but was quickly got off, and at 7 A.M. brought the Spaniard to action. At the same time the Alcmene, steering so as to cut off the Sta. Brigida from the shore, engaged her on the other side. Thus assailed, the Sta. Brigida, after a vigorous resistance, hauled down her flag. All the three frigates and the Naiad were amongst the rocks, whence they succeeded in extricating themselves on a breeze springing up opportunely from the shore.

The Spanish frigates and their captors arrived at Plymouth on the 21st and 22nd. The treasure was in due course removed to London, and divided amongst the captors in the following proportion: Captains, £40,730 18s. each; Lieutenants, £5091 7s. 3d.; warrant-officers, £2468 10s. 9d.; Midshipmen, £791 17s. 0d.; seamen and Marines, £182 4s. 9d. The Spanish frigates were not purchased for the Navy.




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