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Chase of the Vétéran

26th August 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1806-07-26 26.7.1806
Next action : Action of 9th September 1806 9.9.1806


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Gibraltar (80) 1780-1836
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
William LukinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
Willoughby LakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1827
Penelope (36) 1798-1815
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William Robert BroughtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1818
Tribune (36) 1803-1839
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Thomas BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1837

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Vétéran (74) 1802-1833
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Jérôme-Napoléon BonaparteFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806

Notes on Action

Jerome Bonaparte, commanding the Veteran, 74, was the youngest brother of the Emperor. Born in 1784, he was made an enseigne de vaisseau on January 25th, 1802, a lieutenant de vaisseau on January 14th, 1803, a capitaine de fregate on November 1st, 1804, and, in 1805, after he had first attempted to confer the rank upon himself, a capitaine de vaisseau. This young officer, always frivolous and headstrong, speedily discovered that a cruise off the Bahama Bank was not to his liking; and, on the night of July 31st, he saw fit to part company without permission, and to head for Europe. On August 10th, he fell in with a British homeward-bound Quebec convoy under orders of Captain Robert Howe Bromley, of the Champion, 22, and was so fortunate as to take and burn six of the merchantmen. On August 26th, when nearing Belle Isle, he was chased by the Gibraltar, 80, Captain Willoughby Thomas Lake, Penelope, 36, Captain William Robert Broughton, and Tribune, 36, Captain Thomas Baker but the able officers who had been sent to sea with him succeeded in carrying him safely to an unfrequented anchorage in the Baie de La Foret in Brittany; and thither no ship of the line ventured to follow him.

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