L'Epervier

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Nominal Guns2BWAS-1714
NationalityRépublique Française
OperatorPrivate Owners
Acquired1796ref:692
Home PortDunkerque - Flanders ref:692
ShipyardUnknownBWAS-1714
CategoryPrivateerBWAS-1714
Ship TypeLugger ref:692
Captured13.11.1797BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:692
Burthen12French Tonneaux17.622 

Armament


1796Broadside Weight = 1 French Livre (1.0792 lbs 0.4896 kg)ref:692
Gun Deck4 French Swivel
Gun Deck2 French Canons de Fonte

13.11.1797Broadside Weight = 3 French Livre (3.2376 lbs 1.4686 kg)BG
Gun Deck2 French 2-Pounder
Gun Deck4 French Swivel

Owners


DatesOwnerSource
1796 - 1797/11/13Alexis François Dauchyref:692

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
179625with Captain Hammondref:692
179620with Captain Marbaisseref:692
179618with Captain Leclercref:692
13.11.179725 BG

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
3.1796 - 1.7.1796Corsaire CaptainJacques François Leclercref:6922.7.1796 - 26.10.1796Corsaire CaptainPierre Thomas Marbaisseref:69227.10.1796 - 13.11.1797Corsaire CaptainGeorges Hammondref:692

Service History


DateEventSource
1796

Took under Captain Marbaisse the ship "Pomone"

ref:692
1.7.1796

Disarmed by Captain Leclerc at

Dunkerque
ref:692
26.10.1796

Disarmed by Captain Marbaisse at

Dunkerque
ref:692
13.11.1797Taken by Fairy (14) BG


Notes on Ship


Homeportref:692

Under Captain Hammond : Honfleur


CaptureBG

His-Majesty's Sloop Fairy, Nov. 13, 1797.
SIR, Having weighed this morning front off Calais, the Fox (zd) Cutter in company, 8 or 9 miles to the Westward of Seater Cliff, the Cutter being 6 or 7 ahead of me, she made the signal for an enemy, which, as the haze cleared, I made to be a lugger, with her sails turned to the Northward,, and Westward of her 2 or 3 miles. Being light winds, I hoisted out my boats, armed them, and went to the assistance of the Fox ; but during the chace, the launch (commanded by Mr. Middleton, Purser of the Fairy) separated, and went in chace of another lugger, running down alongshore from the Westward. About 2 o'clock the breeze freshened, when, having no longer any prospect of coming up with our chace, I tacked ia Shore, with the cutter and boats, to the starice of the launch, she having then brought, the lugger to action, under avery heavy fire from tha Tvyo Batteries, in Wlytesand Bay; but, to my very great astonishment, I found the launch had carried her, notwithstanding; she had anchored within musquet shot of the Western Battery. She proves to be L'Epervier, National Privateer, mounting 2  2-pounder carriage guns, 4 swivels, musketoons, and small arms, carrying 25 men,- all of whom effected their escape, 3 being badly wounded-'; was commanded.by Citizen George Hammond,,.an Irishman, belonging: to Dunkirk. . ; Mr. Middleton had only 7 men in the launch was himself the only man wounded by a grape shot grazing (though not entering) his stomach badly. His gallantry on this occasion speaks for itself, nor is it the first time I have witnessed it. - I beg leave to recommend him strongly to your attention. 

I have the Honor to be, Sec.

JOSHUA SYDNEY HORTON.



 

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