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Naval History of Great Britain - Vol II
1796 Expedition to Ireland 5

74 Fougueux Commodore Esprit-Tranquille Maistral.
Trajan Commodore Julien Le Ray.
Mucius Commodore Pierre-Maul. Jul. Querangal.
Tourville Captain Jean-Baptists Henry.
Pluton Captain Jean-Marie Lebrun.
Eole Captain Joseph-Pierre-André Malin.
Wattigny Captain Henri-Alexandre Thévenard.
Cassard Captain - Dufay.
Redoutable Captain - Moncousu.
Patriots Captain - La Fargue.
Séduisant Captain - Dufossey.

Frigates, Scévola (rasé), Impatiente, Romaine, Immortalité, Tortue Bellone, Bravoure, Charente, Cocarde, Fraternité, Résolue, Sirène, and Surveillante.
Brig-corvettes, Affronteur, Atalante, Mutine, Renard, Vautour, and Voltigeur.
Transports, Nicodème, Fille-Unique, Ville-de-Lorient, Suffren, Justine, Allegro, Expériment; and
Powder-vessel Fidéle, a frigate armed en flûte.

So that the expedition was composed of 17 ships of the line, 13 frigates, six corvettes, seven transports, and a powder-ship, in all 44 sail of vessels. On board of each line-of-battle ship were 600 troops. The Scévola carried 400 ; each of the frigates 250; the six corvettes 300 between them ; three of the transports 450 each ; three others 300 each, and one (a horse transport) 50; making a total of 16,200 men, that is, rank and file, or, including officers of all ranks, at least 18,000. But some of the English accounts represent the number at 20,000, and others as high as 25,000. In addition to the troops, which consisted of both cavalry and infantry, the fleet carried a quantity of field-artillery, besides ammunition and stores of every description. The commander-in-chief of the land forces, as already mentioned, was General Hoche, having under him, among other general officers of note, Generals Grouchy, Borin, and Humbert.

On the 16th, in the forenoon, just as the Pégase and Révolution were descried coming through the goulet, the French fleet at anchor in Camaret bay began getting under way, with the wind from the eastward, and consequently as fair as it could blow. At 4 p.m., which at this season of the year is nearly dark, all the ships were under sail, and steering for the passage du Raz, the route which had been selected by M. Morard-de-Galles, in spite of the dangers it presented, the better to conceal his movements from the British admiral cruising off Ushant; and whose fleet had that morning been counted from the lookouts at 30 sail great and small ; so the French accounts state, but the number appears to have been greatly overrated.

Contrary, as it would appear, to the directions of the minister of marine, all the French admirals, except Richery, embarked on board frigates: the two commanders-in-chief were in the Fraternité; Rear-admiral Bouvet, with the second in command

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