Destruction of the Andromaque

22nd August 1796 - 23rd August 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Mermaid vs Vengeance 8.8.1796
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Galatea (32) Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834)
Sylph (16) John Chambers White (1770-1845)

République Française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Andromaque (32)  

Notes on Action

On August 22nd, Commodore Sir John Borlase Warren's squadron of four frigates and a sloop, cruising off the mouth of the Gironde, chased the French frigate Andromaque, 36. She was cut off from the Gironde by the Galatea, 32, Captain Richard Goodwin Keats, and Sylph, 18, Commander John Chambers White, and, after she had several times been lost sight of through the darkness of the night, was driven ashore on the morning of the 23rd. The Sylph proceeded to fire into her bottom, and in the afternoon sent in her boats and burnt her.

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