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La Ville de Caen

Nominal Guns18ref:743
NationalityEmpire Français
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortSt Malo - Brittany ref:743
How acquiredPurpose builtref:743
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany ref:743
Ship TypeLugger ref:743


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:743
Burthen113 3494French Tonneaux110.9811 


1812 - 1812/07/22
Robert SurcoufFrench
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1808

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
181290 ref:692
22.7.181275 BG

1 Ship Commander

1812 - 22.7.1812Capitaine de Corsaire
Jean Marie CochetFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1808

1 Commissioned Officer

1812 - 22.7.1812Capitaine en Second
Heureux Le GuéFrench
Service 1812

Service History


had beaten off the Sandwich Lugger


Build value : 339769 Francs

Took 3 ships :  "Louisa", "Alexandra" , "Espadon"

Part wage of the cruize : 505 Francs


Return at St Malo


Depart from St Malo

21.7.1812Taken by
Sealark (10) 1811-1820
British 10 Gun
Unrated Schooner

Notes on Ship


Admiralty-Office, July 28, 1812.

Copy of a letter from Lieutenant Thomas Warrand, commanding His Majesty's Schooner Sealark , addressed to Admiral Sir Rolert Calder, and transmitted by the latter to John Wilson Croker, Esq.

His Majesty's Schooner Sealark, SIR, July 23, 1812.

Have the honour to inform you, that on the 21st instant, when cruizing off the Start, in the execution of your orders, at 8 A.M. a signal was made from the signal station, of an enemy being in the S. E. quarter  after running for 3 hours in that direction, I discovered a large lugger under english colours, chasing and firing at 2 large merchant-ships steering up Channel, which I believe were West Indiamen.

On the lugger discovering the Sealark to be a cruiser, she altered her course to starboard, and made all possible sail but finding the schooner gaining on her, she shortened sail, hoisted English colours, and cleared for action, and wore repeatedly to endeavour to get to windward of the schooner; but fearing she might escape if she had so done, I was determined to lay her on board, .which I accomplished between her fore and main-chains, when an action commenced , which lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes, during which time a most severe fire was kept up with great guns and musketry, the enemy using hand grenades ; when, perceving that she had taken fire , I then directed Mr. James Beavor, the Acting Master, to board her, which he did in the most spirited manner, and carried her.

She proves to be the Ville de Caen, Captain Cocket, of 16 guns and 75 men,, belonging to Saint Malo ; had sailed from the Isle of Bas the day before, had taken nothing and is the same vessel which had beaten off the Sandwich lugger some time since.

I am sorry, Sir, to acquaint you, that our loss has been very severe, having had 7 men killed (amongst whom was my clerk), and my self and 21 men wounded, several of them dangerously. The enemies's loss, as nearly as I can collect, has been 15 killed, who, with the Captain, were found on deck when taken possession off and 16 wounded, most of them severely. I beg particularly to recommend to your notice the steady, brave, and good conduct of Mr. Beavor, the Acting Master, with the Pilot, and every other petty officer, seaman, and marine engaged in arduous and unequal contest. I enclose a return of the killed and wounded.

I have the honour to be, &c.

Thomas Warrand, Lieutenant

British Killed and Wounded in the captureBG

A List of Men killed and wounded in the Action with the French Lugger Privateer La Ville de Caen, of 16 guns, Captain Cocket, off Portland, 21st July 1812.


Mr. John Purnel, clerk.

Joseph Cattano, able seaman.

Thomas Morgan, marine.

Isaac Gould, able seaman.

Joseph Hill, ditto.

Alexander Brodie, ditto..

John Barglehole, boatswain's mate.



Lieutenant Warrand, commander.

William Birket, quarter-master;

Daniel Brade, able seaman.

John Harris, ditto.

John Robinson, ditto

John M'Minis, ditto.

Thomas Dunsford, ditto.

John Heath, marine.

Richard Griffiths, able seaman;

John Phifer, ordinary seaman

Thomas Ashley, ditto.

George Sales ditto,

William Evans, able seaman

John Millwright, ditto.

William Robson, ditto.

Gracious Gain, marine

James Cumings, gunner's mate

James Jackson, able seaman.

Thomas Bradbury, ditto.

Henry Johnston, ditto.

John Wakeham, corporal

Mr Alexander Gunn, midshipman


(Signed) T. WARRAND, Lieut and Com.

             F. BLESSMANN, Assist. Snrg


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