Action of 1810-12-17

17th December 1810
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Landing at Palamos 13.12.1810
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Rinaldo (10) James Anderson (1765-1835)no casualties

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Vieille Joséphine (16)  77 men drowned Sunk

Notes on Action

On the 17th Dec. 1810, the Rinaldo, while on her way from Dover to Spithead, induced four lugger privateers to chase her. It was nearly dark when the two foremost overtook her, and, with a volley from their small-arms, hailed her to strike. One being upon each of her quarters, she tacked, and poured a broadside into each; then, wearing, delivered a second broadside into the larger, which thereupon became unmanageable, and shouted that she was sinking. The second lugger, after endeavouring to run the Rinaldo down, was also reduced to call for quarter. While wearing round, and manning her boats, the brig fouled the Owers lightship, and could not for some time clear herself. This gave opportunity for three of the luggers to make off. The one which sank, unhappily with 77 out of a crew of 80, was the Vieille Josephine, 16. No one in the Rinaldo was hurt.

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