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Admiralty-Office, April 25, 1797.
Extract of a letter from the Hon. William Waldegrave, Vice-Admiral of the Blue, to Mr. Nepean, dated on board His Majesty's Ship Flora, at Spithead, the 24th of April, 1797.
I beg that you will please to inform the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that I sailed from Lisbon, with my flag on board His Majesty's Ship Flora, Captain Middleton Commander, on the 3d of this month, and arrived this day at Spithead, in company with the Pearl Frigate. On the 12th Instant I fell in with the above Frigate, Lat. 43 deg. 48 min. North; Long. 13 deg. 11 min. West, she being then in chace of a French Privateer; we instantly joined in the chace, which compelled the enemy to haul her wind, not withstanding which, it was not until the 13th, at 3 quarters past 11 P.M. that we found ourselves close alongside of her, and even this was owing; to the Privateer's being becalmed, and our carrying the breeze up with us. On the first broadside she struck. She is called L'Incroyabie, mounts 24 guns on her main deck and had on board 220 men. She belonged to Bordeaux, and sailed from that port on the 2d Instant. She fortunately had made no capture, though reputed to be the fastest sailing vessel from France.
I am informed by Captain Ballard that he had been in chace of her from the morning of the 11th.
In 1796 and 1797