Honour - 'Sylphe' 1808

Date - 11 August
Type - Single Ship or Boat Service Actions
Conflict - Napoleonic War; 1803-15

Description The action took place about 170 miles south of Ushant at 45 58' N, 5 4' W.

At about 0830hrs on 11-August HMS Comet sighted three vessels to the north-north-east. By 0900hrs they were found to be French, the ship-corvette Diligente (18-gun), and 2 brig-corvettes, Espiegle (16-gun) and Sylph (16-gun).

The French ships made off to the North-North-East and by noon Diligente had left the two smaller ships behind.

Comet closed the Sylphe and opened fire at 1720hrs. After 20 minutes Sylphe struck her colours having lost 6 killed and 5 wounded out of 98 on board.

Comet suffered no casualties.


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