Honour - CORNWALLIS RETREAT 1795
The action took place north of Belle Isle in the Bay of Biscay.
A squadron of 5 ships-of-the-line plus two frigates were surprised by a more powerful French squadron of 12 ships-of-the-line plus 11 other ships.
The British retired south pursued by the French. There were several sporadic engagements but the Phaeton made a signal to a non-existent British fleet out of sight to the French. This tricked the French into giving up the chase, which allowed the British to escape without loss.
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