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|Home Port||Nantes - Brittany||BG|
|Sunk in Action||5.1.1798||BG|
Requisitionned after the cruise of Captain Chassinref:692
Build value : 247000 Francs
Took , under Captain Pillet , 9 ships : "Harriot" , "Hebé" , "Mary" , "Mary Jenny" , "Queen Jupiter" , "Lively" , "Phoenix" , ...
Product net of the cruise : 1837534 Francs
Sailed from NantesBG
Admiralty-Office January 16, 1798.
Copy of a letter from Captain Reynolds, Commander of His Majesty's Ship La Pomone to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated Plymouth Sound, the 14th of January, 1798.
I beg to acquaint you, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that in the night of the 16th Ult. I lost company with the Phœbe, in a very heavy gale of wind at W.S.W. which came on the 18th, and continued blowing strong without intermission until the 24th, and, though the violence of the gale then abated, still it blew from the West; that with every possible exertion we were unable to get farther to the Westward than 29 Degrees of Longitude before the 31 st Ult. the day on which my limited time for cruizing on on the ground prescribed by their Lordships expired.
On the 1st Instant I edged away to the Eastward, and on the 5th, at Eleven o'Clock in the Night, Ushant bearing N. 65 deg. E. 94 Leagues, crossed a large ship, standing under easy sail to the N. W. I instantly gave chace, and soon got close alongside of her; for it being thick, hazy weather she was deceived in our strength, and shrunk not from the action, but had the temerity to exchange several broadsides with us before she called out for quarter ; in wliich we had 1 man killed and 4 wounded, and our masts and rigging considerably damaged, Having shifted the prisoners, and our carpenter plugged up 8 shot-holes she had received I between wind and water, we were about to take her in tow, (for her mizen mast was shot away, and me was utterly disabled to carry any sail) when the officer on board hailed us, and said she was sinking.
I sent all our boats to her assistance immediately, and finding no efforts could save her, had but just time to draw our men and their wounded from her, when she sunk alongside of us. She proved to be the Cheri, from Nantes, carrying 26 long 12- , 18- and 24-ounders, (mixed) upon her main-deck and 230 men, commanded by Mons. Chassin ; had been put 14 days, and taken nothing. She had 12 men killed and 22 wounded among the latter was the gallant Captain, who, with 2 others, died of their wounds the next day.
On Thursday evening, the Eddistone bearing N. E. 12 leagues, I captured a little Privateer from Rosco, called the Emprunt Fosse ; had only 2 small carriage guns, 6 swivels, and 23 men on board: she had been out but 1 day, and had taken nothing.
Our main mast and fore mast being mended, and both of them fished, and much of the standing rigging so injured that it is necessary to replace it, I thought it would be expediting the service to steer directly for this port, instead of Falmouth; and I hope my having done to will meet their Lordships Approbation.