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Capture of the Jena

8th October 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Carnation vs Palinure 3.10.1808
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Modeste (24) 1793-1814
British 24 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
George ElliottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1813
1 killed, 1 wounded

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Iéna (18) 1808-1808
French 18 Gun
Unrated Corvette
Nicolas MoriceFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1874

Notes on Action

On October 8th, the British frigate Modeste, 36, Captain the Hon. George Elliot (3), captured in the Bay of Bengal the French corvette Jena, 18, Lieutenant N. Morice, after a running fight, in which the French suffered no loss, and the British had her Master, William Donovan, killed, and a seaman wounded.

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Posted by Brian on Friday 20th of June 2014 21:52

The London Gazette
Publication date:25 April 1809
Admiralty Office, April 29, 1809
Copy of a letter from George Elliot, Captain of his Majesty's ship Modeste. Sir. I have great satisfaction in acquainting your excellency of his Majesty's ship Modeste, under my command, having last night captured La Jena, French National Corvette, pierced for twenty four guns, but only eighteen on board, and complement of one hundred and fifty men commanded by Mons. Morice, Lieutenant de Vaisseau, after a chase of nine hours, and a running action of nearly one hour, (from it being but a light breeze, which enabled her to keep her distance with her Sweeps) when she struck, a complete wreck in her sails and rigging. She had cut away her boats and booms, and thrown three guns overboard, in the chase. We received no damage to signify, but the loss of Mr. William Donovan, a very valuable and gallant officer, unfortunately killed and one seaman wounded. La Jena has not received any material damage in her hull; she sails well, and appears a very fit vessel for his Majesty's service. She had been four months from the Isle of France, and taken the Jennet of Madras, and the Swallow of Penang. The first she sunk, the latter was in sight during the chase, but sailing very well, got out of sight to leeward before La Jena was taken and we have not been fortunate enough to see her again. George Elliot.

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