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Escape of the Spartan

May 1807
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of Alexandria 6.3.1807 - 21.3.1807
Next action : Action at Las Palmas 8.5.1807


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Spartan (38) 1806-1822
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Jahleel BrentonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1840

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Annibal (74) 1801-1824
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
La Pomone (40) 1805-1811
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
L'Incorruptible (40) 1795-1815
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

Notes on Action

The Spartan fell in with the French ships Annibal, 74, Pomone, 40, Incorruptible, 38, and Victorieuse, 14, followed them, and was then chased by them, having a very narrow escape of being captured. She got away only by the judgment of her Captain, who held his fire, whereas the leading French frigate opened too soon, killed the breeze, and, surrounded by a dense cloud of smoke, lost sight of her enemy.

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