Chase of the Vétéran

26th August 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1806-07-26 26.7.1806
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Gibraltar (80) William Lukin, Willoughby Lake
Penelope (36) William Robert Broughton (1762-1821)
Tribune (36) Thomas Baker (1771-1845)

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Vétéran (74) Jérôme-Napoléon Bonaparte (1784-1860)

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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