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Le Duc d'Aquitaine
|Nationality||Royaume de France|
|Operator||Compagnie des Indes|
|Keel Laid Down||9.1753||NNF-1715|
|How acquired||Purpose built||NNF-1715|
|Shipyard||Lorient - Brittany||NNF-1715|
|Ship Type||East Indiaman||NNF-1715|
|Sailing Rig||Ship Rigged||NNF-1715|
|Becomes||British Third Rate ship of the line 'Duc d'Aquitaine' (1757) (64)|
Admiralty-Office, June 11.
The Lords of the Admiralty have received an account, that on the 30th of last mMonth, be tween 1 and 2 in the morning, His Majesty's Ships the Eagle and Medway, being about 48 D. North, and 2 D. West Longitude from the Lizard, gave chace to a large ship under French Colours, standing to the Eastward and, coming up with her about 4, they attacked her with a very brisk fire for about three quarters of an hour, when she struck. She proves to be the Duke d'Aquitaine, commanded by the Sieur d'Esquelen, of about 1500 Tons, mounts 50 guns upon two decks, all 18-pounders had on board 493 men, and belonged to the French East India Company She lost in the engagement about 50 killed, and a great many wounded, 22 very dangerously ; and all her masts, sails and rigging broke away and fell over board before night, She came from Lisbon, where she landed, some months ago, a very rich cargo from the East-Indies; and, when taken,was only equipped for war, with orders to cruize for 15 days, 10 or 12 leagues off the Rock of Lisbon, in order to intercept the Mermaid, one of our 20-gun ships, which was on the point of sailing from Lisbon with a convoy. During her cruize, she took an English Brig from Cadiz, bound to Cork, which was ransomed for 200£. The Eagle had 10 men killed, and 32 wounded in the engagement with the Duke d'Aquitaine . but, as the Medway's fire could only be employed in raking her, she had only 10 men wounded.