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|Previously||French brig-aviso 'L'Epervier' (1788) (6)|
|Shipyard||St Malo - Brittany||NNF-1774|
|Ship Class||Expédition Class||NNF-1774|
|Designed by||Pierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)||NNF-1774|
|Becomes||British sloop 'Epervier' (1797) (16)|
Admiralty-Office, December 2.
Copy of a letter from Captain John Drew, Commander of His Majesty's. Ship Cerberus, to Evan Nepean, Esq dated at Cork,the 20th Ultimo.
SIR, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, I have to acquaint you, on the 12th Instant, in the Lat. 49 deg. 4.8 min. N. Long. 22 deg. 18 min. W. I captured the French Private Ship of War L'Epervier carrying 16 4-pounders, pierced for 20, and her Complement 145 men. On the 13th recaptured the Adelphi, from Quebec, bound to London, taken by the above Ship. On the 14th captured Le Renard, carrying 18 6-pounders, pierced for 20, her complement 189 men; both Privateers are copper bottomed, sail very fast, and are quite new; we likewise chased the Buonaparte, carrying 32 guns and 250 men, but carrying away all our steering sails, and main topgallant mast, it enabled her to get off, after doing her considerable damage with the bow-chace guns, and I have every reason to believe she is returned to France, from her having thrown every thing over board.