Action of 18 October 1782

18th October 1782
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Action of 1782-10-17 17.10.1782
Next action : Battle of Cape Spartel 20.10.1782

The Action of 18 October 1782 was a minor naval engagement of the American War of Independence, in which the French 74-gun ship of the line Scipion, accompanied by a frigate, was chased by two ships of the line, HMS London and Torbay. Outmanoeuvring her larger opponents, Scipion obtained a favourable position that allowed her to rake HMS London, causing severe damage and escaping.

The British resumed the chase, and Scipion struck a rock in Samaná Bay, becoming a total loss.

 

Great Britain - James Kempthorne (1737-1808)

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
London (90) James Kempthorne (1737-1808)Fleet Flagship Raked by Scipion Damaged
 

Royaume de France - Nicolas Henri de Grimouard (1743-1794)

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Scipion (74) Nicolas Henri de Grimouard (1743-1794)Fleet Flagship Damaged
La Sibylle (32)   No Effect
 

Notes on Action


SummaryE-WIKI

The Action of 18 October 1782 was a minor naval engagement of the American War of Independence, in which the French 74-gun ship of the line Scipion, accompanied by a frigate, was chased by two ships of the line, London and Torbay. Outmanoeuvring her larger opponents, Scipion obtained a favourable position that allowed her to rake the London, causing severe damage and escaping.

The British resumed the chase, and Scipion struck a rock in Samaná Bay, becoming a total loss.



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