three, and wounded 14, of the Inconstant's men. One of the shots, a 36-pounder, struck the frigate between wind and water, and compelled her to bear up.
At 10 h. 45 m. a.m. the Agamemnon got upon the quarter of the Ca-Ira, still in tow by the Vestale, and, aided for a short time by the Captain, continued a distant engagement with the crippled 80, until about 2 h. 15 m. p.m.; when, several of the French ships bearing down to the protection of their disabled companion, the Agamemnon ceased firing, and dropped into her station in the line. In the mean time a partial firing had been kept up, by the Bedford and Egmont on one side, and, on the other, by the three rearmost French ships, one of which was the Timoléon of 74, and another the Sans-Culotte of 120 guns ; but the action terminated, for that day, after the Agamemnon had bore up.
Rear-admiral Martin and Deputy Letourneur, who, for the alleged purpose of better directing the manúuvres of the fleet, had removed from the regular flag-ship, the Sans-Culotte, to the frigate Friponne, not considering, probably, their one three, and 13 two deckers able to cope with Vice-admiral Hotham's four three, and 11 two deckers, put about on the larboard tack, and kept close to the wind, which now blew moderately from the south-south-east, under all sail, followed by the British fleet on the larboard line of bearing, as fast as four or five heavy-working ships would permit. By some accident, or, as the French accounts allege, by some mismanagement on her part, the Sans-Culotte, in the course of the night, separated from her companions. The French were thus left without a single three-decked ship in their fleet, to oppose to the four plainly visible in the fleet that was chasing them.
On the 14th, at daybreak, Genoa bearing north-east, distant about seven leagues, the French fleet was again descried to the westward, standing as before, on the larboard tack, with a moderate breeze from the southward. During the night the Vestale had given up the charge of the Ca-Ira to the Censeur 74 ; and the latter, with her dismasted companion in tow, was a considerable distance astern and to leeward of the French line.
At about 5 h. 30 m. a.m. a breeze sprang up from the northwest, which brought the British fleet to windward. At 6 h. 30 m. a.m. the Captain and Bedford, having been ordered by signal, stood for and engaged the two separated French ships ; both of whom opened their fire as the two British 74s bore down to attack them.
Being some distance ahead of the Bedford, the Captain had to sustain the united broadsides of the French 80 and 74 for the space of 15 minutes ere she was in a situation to return a shot with effect. The consequence was that, when the firing, including that period, had lasted one hour and 20 minutes, the Captain had all her sails cut to pieces, her fore and main stays-topmast
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