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Pilot vs Légère

17th June 1815
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1814-03-26 26.3.1814 - 27.3.1814
Next action : Forcing of the Bocca Tigris 11.1816


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Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Légère (22) 1815-1815
French 22 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
Nicolas TouffetFrench
Naval Sailor
22 killed, 79 wounded

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pilot (16) 1807-1828
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John Toup NicolasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1850
1 killed, 15 wounded (1 mortally)

Notes on Action

On June 17th, the Pilot, 18, Commander John Toup Nicolas, being off Cape Corso, chased the Bonapartist Légère, 22, Commander Nicolas Touffet, and ultimately engaged her at short range. After less than two hours' action the Légère was obviously beaten; but, as the Pilot had had most of her running gear and some spars shot away, she was unable to manoeuvre in order to oblige her opponent to strike; and the Frenchman eventually got away, having lost no fewer than 22 killed and 79 wounded, out of a complement which James estimates at 170 men. The Pilot had one killed, one mortally wounded, and 14, including Lieutenant William Keigwin Nicolas and Purser Thomas Rowe, less severely hurt.

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