1794 - Sailing of Lord Howe


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Naval History of Great Britain - Vol I


British and French Fleets


80   Gibraltar Captain Thomas Mackenzie.
Cæsar Captain Anth. Jas. Pye Molloy.
74   Bellerophon Rear-adm. (w.) Thomas Pasley. 7
Captain William Hope.
  Montagu Captain James Montagu.
  Tremendous Captain James Pigott.
  Valiant Captain Thomas Pringle.
  Ramillies Captain Henry Harvey.
74   Audacious Captain William Parker.
  Brunswick Captain John Harvey.
  Alfred Captain John Bazely.
  Defence Captain James Gambier.
  Leviathan Captain Lord Hugh Seymour.
  Majestic Captain Charles Cotton.
  Invincible Captain Hon. Thomas Pakenham.
  Orion Captain John Thomas Duckworth.
  Russel Captain John Willet Payne.
  Marlborough Captain Hon. G. Cranfield Berkeley.
  Thunderer Captain Albemarle Bertie.
  Culloden Captain Isaac Schomberg.
38   Phaëton Captain William Bentinck.
Latona Captain Edward Thornborough.
32   Niger Captain Hon. Arthur Kaye Legge.
(H) Southampton Captain Hon. Robert Forties.
  Venus Captain William Brown.
  Aquilon Captain Hon. Robert Stopford.
28   Pegasus

Captain Robert Barlow.

H.S.   Charon Captain George Countess.
F.S.   Comet Captain William Bradley.
Incendiary Captain John Cook
Slp.   Kingfisher Captain Thos. Le Marchant Gosselyn.
Cut.   Rattler Lieut. John Winne.
  Ranger Lieut. Charles Cotgrave

Lord Howe immediately steered for, and on the 5th, early in the morning, arrived off Ushant. The Phaëton and Latona frigates, covered by the Orion, then ran round the island, to ascertain whether or not the French fleet was in port. While standing in towards point St.-Mathieu, the reconnoitring ships plainly saw the fleet at anchor in Brest-road, and returned to Lord Howe with the intelligence. The British admiral, well aware that, if the French fleet came out, it would be to afford protection to the convoy then hourly expected from America, steered straight for the latitude through which the latter would most probably pass. From the 5th to the 18th inclusive the fleet kept crossing the bay in various directions, without seeing an enemy's sail.

On the 19th Lord Howe, having returned off Ushant, again ordered the Phaëton and Latona, covered this time by the Cæsar and Leviathan, to look into the harbour. At 11 a.m. the four ships parted company. The service was executed, and the port found vacant ; and at 8 p.m. the reconnoitring detachment rejoined the fleet. The Leviathan, on her way in, had spoken an American vessel, from whose master Lord Hugh Seymour

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