Charles-Auguste Levassor de La Touche-Tréville
Charles-Auguste Levassor de La Touche-Tréville was a French Navy officer.
Levassor de La Touche-Tréville enlisted in the Navy in 1730, rising to Ensign in 1734 and to Lieutenant in 1748.
On 11 March 1756, La Touche-Tréville commanded the 30-gun frigate Zéphir. She sailed in consort with the 74-gun Prudent, under Chevalier d'Aubigny, and the 34-gun frigate Atalante, under Count du Chaffault. The division met the 74-gun HMS Warwick; in the ensuing chase and Action of 11 March 1756, Warwick was captured.
On a journey from France to Martinique, La Touche-Tréville, while escorting a tenty-two sail convoy, captured two British merchantmen and a privateer. The convoy and the prizes safely reached Martinique.
In late 1760, La Touche-Tréville transferred on the 74-gun Intrépide. He proposed and executed himself a plan to free the mouth of Charente River from the British blockade by attacking it with prams. The success of the plan allowed the fleet to sail to Martinique, in a desperate attempt to relieve it, but it arrived after the Invasion of Martinique.
La Touche-Tréville was promoted to chef d'escadre in 1776. In peacetime, he distinguished himself by elaborated training campaigns for the fleet.
At the outbreak of the American War of Independence, La Touche-Tréville took command of the 74-gun Neptune which, in consort with Beausset's 74-gun Glorieux, captured the British privateer Hercules[note 1]
Promoted to Lieutenant Général des Armées navales, La Touche-Tréville was appointed to command the light squadron of the Franco-Spanish fleet in 1779, under Admirals Orvilliers and Córdova. Scouting in front of the combined fleet, his screen captured a British warship[note 2]
In 1780, La Touche-Tréville successfully evated detection by British squadrons and landed 6000 men at Rhodes Island.
Sources and references
- Guérin, Les Marins illustres, p.426
- Guérin, Les Marins illustres, p.427
- Guérin, Les Marins illustres, p.428
- Guérin, Les Marins illustres, p.429