|Ordered:||16 December 1761|
|Launched:||25 October 1764|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1817|
|Notes:||Harbour service from 1812|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Ramillies-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1624 bm|
|Length:||168 ft 6 in (51.36 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||46 ft 11 in (14.30 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
On 21 July 1801, the boats of Robust, Beaulieu, Uranie and Doris succeeded in boarding and cutting out the French naval corvette Chevrette, which was armed with 20 guns and had 350 men on board (crew and troops placed on board in expectation of the attack). Also, Chevrette was under the batteries of Bay of Cameret. The hired armed cutter Telemachus placed herself in the Goulet and thereby prevented the French from bringing reinforcements by boat to Chevrette.
The action was a sanguinary one. The British lost 11 men killed, 57 wounded, and one missing; Chevrette lost 92 officers, seamen and troops killed, including her first captain, and 62 seamen and troops wounded. In 1847 the Admiralty awarded the Naval General Service Medal with clasp "21 JULY BOAT SERVICE 1801" to surviving claimants from the action.
Fate[edit | edit source]
Robust was employed on harbour service from 1812, and was broken up in 1817.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p177.
- "No. 15390". 25 July 1801. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/15390/page/
- "No. 20939". 26 Jan 1849. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/20939/page/
References[edit | edit source]
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
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