Capture of the Curieuse

28th January 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Concorde vs Bravoure 27.1.1801
Next action : Battle of Copenhagen 2.4.1801


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Bordelais (24) Thomas Manby1 killed, 7 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Curieuse (18) G. Radelet (d.1801)c50 casualites Captured

Notes on Action

On January 29th the British corvette Bordelaise, 24, Captain Thomas Manby, off Barbados, found three French vessels standing after her. These were the Curieux, 18, Captain G. Radelet, Mutine, 16, Captain Reybaud, and Esperance, 6, Captain Hamon. The British ship shortened sail arid waited. The Curieux came up, and was at once attacked, whereupon her two consorts beat a prompt retreat. All but two of the Bordelaise's guns were 32-pr. carronades, and those made short work of her audacious assailant. For thirty minutes the two fought at the closest quarters, when the Curieux struck, after suffering terrible loss. Her captain paid for his gallantry with the loss of his life. The Curieux foundered almost immediately after the action, two British seamen going down in her.

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