Action of 1800-04-07

5th April 1800 - 7th April 1800
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the Guillaume Tell 31.3.1800
Next action : Peterel vs Ligurienne 21.5.1800


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Leviathan (74) James May (d.1808), James Carpenter (1760-1845)Fleet Flagship
Swiftsure (74) Benjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)
Emerald (36) Thomas Moutray Waller, Thomas Moutray Waller


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Nuestra Señora del Carmen (36)   Captured
Santa Florentina (34)   Captured

Notes on Action

On April 5th, the British ships Leviathan, 74, Captain James Carpenter, carrying Rear-Admiral John Thomas Duckworth's flag, Swiftsure, 74, Captain Benjamin Hallowell, and Emerald, 36, Captain Thomas Moutray Waller, off Cadiz discovered a Spanish convoy. Early on the 6th they captured one of its ships, and later in the day a second. Then, seeing six sail in the north-east, the Leviathan and Emerald stood towards them, and early on the 7th found that two of them were frigates. At dawn the two British ships bore down upon them, and being taken by the Spaniards for vessels of the convoy, were able to get very close. The enemies were hailed to strike, and, thus discovering their mistake, attempted to escape, but were foiled by the Emerald, which disabled their sails and rigging. They then struck, and proved to be the Carmen, 32, and Florentina, 34. They had lost between them twenty-two killed and twenty-six wounded. The British ships apparently suffered no loss. A third Spanish frigate effected her escape.

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