Victor vs Fleche

2nd September 1801 - 5th September 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of the Chiffone 19.8.1801
Next action : Capture of the Duquesne 25.7.1803


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Victor (18) George Ralph Collier (1774-1824)

République française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Fleche (18) J. B. Bonamy

Notes on Action

On September 2nd, the British Victor, 18, Commander George Ralph Collier, off the Seychelles, engaged for ninety minutes the French Fleche, 18, Captain J. B. Bonamy. The Victor had the heavier metal and soon drove her enemy to flight, but, having received serious injury in her masts and rigging, could not pursue closely. The Victor followed at a distance till the 5th, when the Fleche had disappeared. That afternoon, however, she saw her entering Mahe. The channel was sounded at night, and next day the Victor stood in and anchored with springs, taking a raking fire during her approach. A fight of two and a half hours followed, when the Fleche, in a sinking condition, cut her cables, drove on shore, and was set on fire by her crew. A British party boarded her, but she fell over and sank. The Fleche was eventually raised by the French.


TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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