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) William Sidney Smith (1764-1840)
Arethusa (38) Sir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)
Artois (38) Edmund Nagle 3 killed, 5 wounded
Galatea (32) Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834)
 

République Française

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Révolutionnaire (36) Antoine René Thévenard (1766-1798) Captured 8 killed, 5 wounded
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
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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