Capture of the Sibylle

17th June 1794
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Glorious 1st of June 1.6.1794
Next action : Destruction of the Volontaire 23.8.1794


Great Britain

British Vessel
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Romney (50) Joseph Hanwell 8 killed, 30 wounded

République Française

French Vessel
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Sibylle (36) Jacques Mélanie Rondeau (1752-1834)44 killed, 112 wounded Captured

Notes on Action

On June 17th, Captain the Hon. William Paget in the Romney, 50, with a convoy, discovered the French Sibylle, 40, Captain J. M. Rondeau, at anchor in the harbour of Mykonos. Three other British vessels were in sight from the Romney's masthead, and, as her convoy would for that reason be safe, she went into the harbour, anchored close to the Sibylle, and summoned her to surrender. The Sibylle's captain refused, and the Romney opened fire. After seventy minutes' fighting most of the French crew fled ashore, and Captain Rondeau struck his colours. The Sibylle fought 14 instead of 13 guns on her main-deck engaged broadside.

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 19th of July 2012 20:57

while the convoy for Smyrna, Turkey remained at sea under Tartar 24 cap Thomas Francis Freemantle and Leda 36 Captain John Woodley

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