Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Loss of ''Serapis''== Between October and December 1779 ''Serapis'' was in the Texel. By September 1780 she was probably at Lorient.<ref name=Demerliac>Demerliac (1996), p.56, #327.</ref> The French commissioned ''Serapis'' as a privateer under a master named Roche who planned to use the ship against the British in the Indian Ocean. However, in July 1781 the ship was lost off the coast of Madagascar when a sailor accidentally dropped a lantern into a tub of brandy. The crew fought the fire for two and a half hours, but the flames eventually burned through the spirit locker walls and reached a powder magazine. The resulting explosion blew the stern off the ship and the vessel sank. Eight men were killed in the explosion, but 215 apparently were saved. The privateer ''Daliram'' returned them to [[Île Sainte-Marie]], Madagascar.<ref name=Demerliac/> Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Military Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://military.wikia.org/wiki/HMS_Serapis_(1779)"