The Pearl, Captain Montague, taking L'Esperance.This Action was fought in the Latitude of Burmudas Oct.r 1st 1780. The Enemy after being chased several hours was brought to close fight, which they maintained upwards of four hours, but being disabled with six foot water in the Hold, she struck and proved to be a valuable prize, being laden with Sugar, Coffee, Indigo & Ingots of Gold, mounted 38 Guns & had 200 Men.
Published Aug.st 29th 1782 by John Harris, Sweetings Alley Cornhill, London. [But c1820.]
Copper engraving with large margins. 350 x 470mm, 13¾ x 18½". Watermarked Smith & Son 1820. Tears to edges, some creasing where rolled.
The capture of a French merchant frigate. Admiral Sir George Montagu (1750–1829) was appointed to the 32-gun frigate HMS Pearl, which when cruising near the Azores on 14 September 1779, captured the Spanish frigate Santa Monica of equal force. In December Pearl sailed with the fleet under Sir George Rodney, and assisted in the capture of the Caracas convoy; but having sprung her foremast, was ordered home with the prizes. She was afterwards sent out to North America, and on 30 September 1780, while on a cruise off the Bermudas, captured the Espérance, a frigate-built privateer of 32 guns. In the battle of Cape Henry, on 16 March 1781, she acted as repeating frigate. She was not with the fleet during the battle of the Chesapeake on 5 September, but joined it, still off Cape Henry, on the 14th, and was left to keep watch on the movements of the French till the 25th, when she sailed for New York. On 19 October she sailed again with the fleet, and on the 23rd was stationed ahead as a look-out (Pearl's Log). She returned to England in 1782.
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