Action of 18 October 1782
|Action of 18 October 1782|
|Part of the American War of Independence|
Combat du Scipion contre le London, credited to Rossel de Crecy, on display at Toulon naval museum.
|Commanders and leaders|
|Nicolas Henri de Grimouard||James Kempthorne
|HMS London (90)
HMS Torbay (74)
|Casualties and losses|
The Action of 18 October 1782 was a minor naval engagement of the American War of Independence, in which the French 74-gun ship of the line Scipion, accompanied by a frigate, was chased by two ships of the line, HMS London and Torbay. Outmanoeuvring her larger opponents, Scipion obtained a favourable position that allowed her to rake HMS London, causing severe damage and escaping.
The British resumed the chase, and Scipion struck a rock in Samana Bay, becoming a total loss.
- Allen, Joseph (1852). Battles of the British Navy. London: Henry Bohn. pp. 349–350.
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