Capture of the Chiffone

19th August 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the Carriere 3.8.1801
Next action : Action of 1801-09-02 2.9.1801


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Sybille (38) Charles Adam (1780-1853) 2 killed, 1 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Chiffone (38) Pierre Guieysse (1766-1853) Captured 23 killed, 30 wounded

Notes on Action


On August 18th, the British Sibylle, 38, Captain Charles Adam, discovered the French Chiffonne, 36, Captain P. Guieysse in Mane roads with her foremast out. The Sibylle prepared for battle, steered in through a narrow intricate passage, and anchored two hundred yards off the Frenchman, with springs on her cables. An action of seventeen minutes followed, during which the Sibylle had to take the raking fire of a French battery on the island. Then the Chiffonne cut her cable, struck her flag, and drifted on a reef. The Sibylle sent a boat to take possession, and another to capture the battery, upon which she turned her guns. The battery then surrendered.

The Chiffonne was taken by surprise, and many of her men were on shore. She was got off, and was afterwards purchased for the Navy.

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