Pelican vs Médée

23rd September 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action off Sumatra 9.9.1796
Next action : Terpsichore vs Mahonesa 13.10.1796


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pelican (18) Thomas Harvey (1775-1841)

République française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Médée (32)  

Notes on Action

On September 23rd, the Pelican, 18, Captain John Clarke Searle, attacked the French Medee, 36, in the West Indies, and fought with her a close action of two hours' duration, when the Frenchman retired. The Pelican was so cut up that she could not pursue. After such an astounding action the value of the carronade, in certain cases, seems self-evident. It appears that the Medee's captain imagined that the Pelican was a frigate " with her mizen-mast out."


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