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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) 1762-1804
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Joseph HanwellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1814
8 killed, 30 wounded
 

République Française

 
French Vessel
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Sibylle (36) 1791-1794
French 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Jacques Mélanie RondeauFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1834
44 killed, 112 wounded Captured
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
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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