Capture of the Egyptienne

27th March 1804
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Osprey vs Egyptienne 23.3.1804
Next action : Wilhelmina vs Psyche 11.4.1804


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hippomenes (18) John Charles Woolcombe, Conway Shipley (d.1808)1 wounded

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Egyptienne (36) Antoine Sébastien Plassiard Captured

Notes on Action

On March 27th, the French privateer Egyptienne, 36, which had been so severely handled by the Osprey, was captured by the Hippomenes, 14, Commander Conway Shipley. She was chased for fifty-four hours, and then engaged in a running fight for three hours and twenty minutes, but ceased all resistance and struck as soon as the Hippomenes got alongside her. Shipley very generously attributed this result to the sharp punishment she had received from the Osprey. Only one man was wounded in the British ship. The Egyptienne became the British prison ship Antigua.

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