L'Amour de la Patrie

Nominal Guns6
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
Ship TypeSchooner
Sunk in Action3.2.1799

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.179960 B043

Notes on Ship

Description of the sinkingB043
On Sunday, the 3d inst., to windward of Martinique, at 8 A. M. gave chase to a schooner, and at 3 P. M. came within two gun shots of her, when, to the astonishment of all hands, she attempted by short stretches to get to windward of us directly under our battery, but in this she failed, for we soon brought her to, our third shot having gone effectually through her, and in a few minutes she filled with water, upon which they hauled down their sails and set up the most lamentable howl I ever heard. . . . Our boats were immediately sent to their relief. I was in the first; when I came near and found the crew all stript and ready for a swim, I thought it not safe to go on board, but told them the only chance for their safety was to run alongside the ship, which they did, and in a few minutes after the schooner went down. The whole of this crew were saved, amounting to 60 men


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Posted by Ed Zimmerman Jr. USS UNITED on Thursday 30th of January 2020 22:23

The United States Frigate USS UNITED STATES.under the command of Commodore John Barry, fired three rounds at the L'Amour de la Patrie; the third of wich was reported to have entered the French privateer while she tried to outrun the Super Frigate USS UNITED STATES. THe third round entered the stern and out the bow, nearly cutting the privateer in two and sending her to the bottom. All hands were reportedly saved. THe french privateer attempted to out run the American Frigate which appeared to be a fruitless and dangerous move on the Frenchman's part. I feel there was something of great importance or value on board the Frenchman to be so wreckless to endanger his life, the lives of his crew and the safety of his ship against such impossible odds. She went down within sight of Martinique. Ed. Zimmerman, Jr. USSUS Fdn. USSUNITEDSTATES@GMAIL.com

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