The Action of 2 September 1781 was a minor a naval engagement fought off Cape Ann during the American War of Independence; HMS Chatham captured the French frigate Magicienne after a fight of a few hours.
On the 2nd September the British fifty gun fourth rate HMS Chatham under Captain Andrew Snape Douglas while cruising off Cape Ann near Boston Bay spotted the French frigate Magicienne. The Magicienne was a thirty six gun 800 ton frigate that was serving in comte d'Orvilliers fleet and was commanded by the Chevalier Bouchetierre with 280 men.
Douglas ordered action stations and the Chatham hove to and after a few hours chase then opened the action; she overtook the French frigate. After an hours action the Chatham got the better off French and Magicienne soon struck.
The Chatham had only one man killed and one wounded. Losses on the Magicienne were heavy; 32 killed and 54 wounded with the rest being taken prisoner. She was subsequently taken to Halifax and recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Magicienne.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Allen pg 282
- de Trémarec, Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen (1796). Relation des combats et des évènements de la guerre maritime de 1778 entre la France et l'Angleterre mêlée de réflexions sur les manoeuvres des généraux. Lyon Public Library. pp. 203–05. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=8ELFJaM0H5cC&pg=PA203&lpg=PA203&dq=Chevalier+Bouchetierre&source=bl&ots=ui3JYtPJfC&sig=DToCsyqAVXBZ_iv5QTqk62-6Z5Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EPKeU-_1B8ftPPCMgKgN&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Chevalier%20Bouchetierre&f=false.
- Tracy. Who's who in Nelson's Navy. p. 120.
- "No. 12279". 16 March 1782. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/12279/page/
- "No. 12239". 3 November 1781. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/12239/page/
References[edit | edit source]
- Allen, Joseph (1852). Battles of the British Navy, Volume 1. Bohn's illustrated library. ASIN B009ZMMQ56.
- Clowes, William Laird (2003). The Royal Navy: v. 4: A History - From the Earliest Times to 1900. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760128.
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