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Honour - CORNWALLIS RETREAT 1795


Date - 17-June
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions
Conflict - French Revolutionary War; 1793-1803

 
Description 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.  

 

 
 
HM Ships
Bellerophon  Brunswick  Mars  Pallas  Phaeton 
Royal Sovereign  Triumph       
         
 
This page last edited - 26 August, 2012.

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