Recruit vs Dilgente

6th September 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Recruit (16) Warwick Lake6 killed, 23 wounded
 

Empire Français

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Diligente (18) Jean François Lemaresquier (1767-1811) Unknown
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On September 6th, however, when to windward of Antigua, ]the Diligente] was discovered by the British sloop Recruit, 18, Commander Charles Napier. Though the Recruit's main mast was sprung, the British vessel made all sail in chase, and, at about 8.30 A.M., brought her opponent to close action. The Diligente's second shot broke Napier's right thigh, the bone protruding from the flesh. A little later, the only Lieutenant on board, Mr. Moses de Willetts, was mortally wounded. Napier having left the deck, the action was continued by the Master. Soon after 11 A.M., the mainstay was shot away, and the main mast fell, its wreck grievously hampering the British crew. In consequence, the Diligente was able to rake the Recruit twice; and the action seemed about to terminate disastrously, when a lucky broadside caused an explosion on board the French corvette. After that she sheered off, and made all sail to escape, whilst the Recruit's men refitted their ship. The British loss was 6 killed and 23 wounded half of the latter mortally out of a total crew of 106; the Diligente 's loss is unknown. She reached Martinique, where she was afterwards captured.


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