(John M'Guffock) and one marine killed, and two seamen wounded ; total, 2 killed and 17 wounded.
Subsequently, on the 3d of July, when Sir Richard had with him the Hébé only, this enterprising officer captured, off St. Malo, six out of 13 French vessels, laden with military stores, and convoyed by a ship of 26 guns, two brigs, and a lugger : he also succeeded in taking one of the brigs, the Vésuve, armed with four 18 or 24 pounders, and 60 men.
The British 36-gun frigate Thetis, Captain the Honourable Alexander Inglis Cochrane, and 28-gun frigate Hussar, Captain John Poer Beresford, being stationed off Chesapeake bay, United States of America, in order to intercept three French store-ships lying in Hampton roads, discovered, at daybreak on the 17th of May, Cape Henry bearing west by south, distant 20 leagues, five sail on the larboard tack, standing to the northwest. These ships, which, although large, were evidently armed en flute, drew up in line, and awaited the approach of the two British frigates. At 10 h. 30 m. a.m. the strangers hoisted French colours, and the second ship from the van, a broad pendant. The names of the five ships were Normand, Trajan, Prévoyante, Hernoux, and Raison ; but what stations the ships severally held in the line (except that the Prévoyante, is rightly placed), or which ship was the French commodore's, cannot now be ascertained, and is, indeed, of no great consequence.
The Hussar, by signal, hauled up and placed herself opposite to the two van-ships ; and the Thetis, following in line, opened her broadside upon the centre-ship, which was the largest. By 11 a.m. the Hussar had compelled the commodore and his second ahead to quit the line, and make sail to the east-southeast. The fire of both frigates now fell upon the centre-ship and the two ships in her rear ; all three of which, at 11 h. 45 m. a.m., hauled down their colours ; but the two rear-ships, notwithstanding they had surrendered, crowded sail to get away. One of them, the Raison, was soon overtaken by the Hussar ; but the other effected her escape.
The large ship was the Prévoyante, pierced for 36, but mounting 24 guns only, believed to have been 8-pounders. As a proof how resolutely she had been defended, her fore and main masts went over the side in half an hour after her surrender. What was her complement at the commencement of, or her loss during, the action, does not appear in Captain Cochrane's letter. The Raison mounted, according to the journal of one of the officers of the Hussar, her principal opponent, 14 guns, but Captain Cochrane, in his letter, says 18 ; in either case probably 6-pounders, with a complement, as it appears, of 125 men, of whom between 20 and 30 were too sick to go to quarters. Her loss in the action is nowhere stated.
The Thetis, whose long guns were 18 and 9 pounders, besides
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