Capture of the Dédaigneuse

26th January 1801 - 28th January 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Attack on Ferrol 25.8.1800 - 26.8.1800
Next action : Concorde vs Bravoure 27.1.1801

 

Great Britain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Immortalite (42) Henry Hotham (1777-1833)
Amethyst (36) John Cooke (1762-1805)
Oiseau (36) Samuel Hood Linzee
Sirius (36) Richard King (1774-1834)
 

République française

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Dédaigneuse (40)   Captured
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4

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.




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