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|Nationality||Royaume de France|
|Keel Laid Down||5.1741||BWAS-1714|
|How acquired||Purpose built||BWAS-1714|
|Shipyard||Rochefort - Aunis||NNF-1715|
|National Rate||Premier Rang||NNF-1715|
|Ship Type||Ship of the Line||NNF-1715|
|Sailing Rig||Ship Rigged||NNF-1715|
Admiralty - Office, Marsh 4.
On the 31st of january last, in the morning, Sir Edward Hawke being on a cruize in the Soundings with a squadron of his Majesty's Ships, made signals for the Nottingham of 60 Guns, commanded by Captain Harland and the Portland of 50 Guns, commanded by Captain Steevens, to give chace to a sail seen in the North West: The Nottingham came up with the chace about 10 o'Clock, and began to engage and the Portland did the like about 1 hour afterwards, both sides firing only their upper deck guns, there being too great a sea for any other: about 4 in the afternoon the ship they had engaged struck her colours, and hosted an English Jack. She proved to be the Magnanime French Ship of War of 74 Guns, and 686 men, commanded by the Marquis d'Abert, Chef d'Escadre, which sailed from Brest the 13 th of January O. S. in Company with the Alcide of 64 Guns, Arc-en-Ciel of 54 and a Frigate, which were to be joined at Cadiz, or the Cape de Verd Islands, by the Conquerant of 74, the Content of 64, and Floriflame of 54 Guns from Toulon, in order to proceed to the East Indies. In Lat. 45. 24. NQ about 120 Leagues from Cape Finisterre, the Magnanime lost her topmasts in a hard gale of wind, in the night of the 31th of January, and parted company with the other ships, and was returning to Brest to get other masts, when she was taken as abovementioned, arid was brought into Plymouth on the 2d Instant.
In the Action the Magnanime had 45 men killed, and 105 wounded , the Nottingham had 16 killed and 18 wounded; and the Portland 4 wounded.