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


DescriptionTRN4
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."

Sources


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

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