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Capture of the Révolutionnaire

21st October 1794
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Destruction of the Volontaire 23.8.1794
Next action : Action off Mauritius 22.10.1794


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Diamond (38) 1794-1812
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William Sidney SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
Arethusa (38) 1781-1814
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Sir Edward PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
Artois (38) 1794-1797
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Edmund NagleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
3 killed, 5 wounded
Galatea (32) 1794-1809
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Richard Goodwin KeatsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1825

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Révolutionnaire (36) 1794-1794
French 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Antoine René ThévenardFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1798
Captured 8 killed, 5 wounded

Notes on Action

On October 21st, the Arethusa, Artois, Diamond, 2 and Galatea, 32, Captain Richard Goodwin Keats, off Ushant, saw and chased a French frigate, the Revolutionnaire, 44, Captain H. A. Thevenard. The French ship was with some difficulty cut off from the land and brought to action by the Artois, 38, Captain Edmund Nagle, which had outsailed the other British ships. A warm action of forty minutes' duration followed before the Diamond came up astern of the Frenchman, though Smith would not spoil the Artois' game by firing. Then, after a gallant and creditable defence in the face of a greatly superior force, Captain Thevenard struck his colours, as his men would no longer fight the ship. He was but just out from port with a raw crew. Captain Nagle was knighted, and his capture purchased for the Navy.

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