A View of His Majesty's Ship Mediator commanded by the Hon.ble James Luttrell, attacking Five Sail of the Enemy on the 12th of Decr 1782, & throwing their Line into Confusion where by Two of them was Captured;Viz: the Menagere the size of Sixty Four Gun Ship, arm'd en Flute; and the Alexander of 28 Guns.
London, Publish'd Septr:18th, 1783 by John Harris, Sweetings Alley Cornhill.
Engraving. Plate 350 x 460mm. 13¾ x 18". Some toning in the margins. Small repaired hole in sail of second ship in from the left.
On 16 March 1782 Captain James Luttrell was appointed to the Mediator of 44 guns. In December, he sailed from El Ferrol to intercept an American frigate L’Alexandre who sailed from the mouth of the Gironde with other vessels in an “armed convoy” on 9 December 1782. The cargo of arms for the American War was stopped as the Mediator presented a formidable appearance; Luttrell bore down on them, and after a few broadsides cut off one of the largest ship, the Alexandre, and compelled her to strike. Mediator fought her way through the Franco-American line and isolated the Alexandre. As the Alexandre was taken the rest of the Franco-American fleet scattered and fled. It was not till five hours later that the Mediator came up with another of the vessels, the Ménagère, which she captured also. A desperate but unsuccessful attempt was made by the prisoners to set fire to the Mediator. The prizes were brought safely to England.
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