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|Name : Immortalite (42)||Henry Hotham (1777-1833)|
|Name : Amethyst (36)||John Cooke (1762-1805)|
|Name : Oiseau (36)||Samuel Hood Linzee|
|Name : Sirius (36)||Richard King (1774-1834)|
|Name : La Dédaigneuse (40)||Captured|
On January 26th, the British Oiseau, 36, Captain Samuel Hood Linzee, off Cape Ortegal, sighted the French Dédaigneuse, 36, Captain Lacroix, on her way from Cayenne to Rochefort. The French ship was in very bad order. Amongst other defects, the bolts of her cut-water had worked loose and given the bowsprit too much play. Other British frigates, the Sirius, 36, and Amethyst, 36, came into sight, and the Dédaigneuse turned and headed for Ferrol. A long chase followed, but late in the night of the 27th -28th the Sirius and Oiseau began a running fight. Off Ferrol harbour the French vessel was becalmed, whilst the British pursuers were carried down upon her by a breeze from the sea. After four broadsides the Dédaigneuse' 's captain was wounded. The French ship struck, seeing another British frigate, the Immortalite, approaching. The British suffered no loss, and very little damage. The French loss is unknown.