Action of 28th September 1801

31st July 1801 - 1st August 1801
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : The Gut of Gibraltar 12.7.1801
Next action : Capture of the Carriere 3.8.1801


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Sylph (16) Charles Dashwood (1765-1847), Charles Dashwood (1765-1847)1 wounded

Notes on Action

Having repaired her damage [received 1801-07-31], the Sylph, cruising off the coast of Spain on September 28th, again encountered an unknown ship, and fought her for over two hours, when the enemy retired. The Sylph only had one man wounded. According to Dashwood, the stranger was the French Artemise, 40. We may be permitted to feel the gravest doubt as to this. It is impossible to believe that a large and powerful French frigate would have failed to inflict far heavier loss on a small brig if, indeed, she had not captured her. The matter remains a mystery.

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