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Rinaldo vs Maraudeur

7th December 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Rinaldo (10) 1808-1835
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James AndersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1815

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Maraudeur (14) 1809-1809
French 14 Gun
Privateer Lugger
Jean Armand DesprairiesFrench
Service 1809

Notes on Action


On the evening of December 7th, the Rinaldo, 10, Commander James Anderson , being off Dover, chased two French lugger privateers, and, having gained on one, the Maraudeur, 14, engaged her, and ran her on board. The Frenchmen, 85 in number, tried to rush on to the Rinaldo's deck, but were repulsed, though the brig's crew did not exceed 65 all told. The latter, indeed, under Lieutenant Edward Gascoigne Palmer, who received a slight wound, boarded presently in return, and carried the enemy without any loss of life. The Maraudeur had 5 wounded. The other lugger escaped into Calais.

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