French cutter Renard (1812)
Photo of a model of the French privateer cutter Renard on display at the SNCF train station at Saint Malo. The modeller was a M. Chazarain, and the model is built to a 1/25 scale.
|Armament:||10 × 8-pounder carronades + 4 × 4-pounder guns|
On 9 September 1812, beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting through the night, Renard successfully engaged the British 10-gun schooner HMS Alphea, crewed by 35 sailors. Combat was intense and bloody until at 3:30 a.m. the following morning, when the Alphea took two direct hits from Renard to (presumably) the powder magazine and exploded. There were no reported survivors.
Renard lost five men killed and 31 wounded, including her captain, who had an arm shot away and later died of his injuries. Renard returned to France with only 13 able-bodied men. Alphea had carried a crew of 41 men.
The Association du Cotre Corsaire Le Renard (loi de 1901) built a sailing replica of Renard in May 1991. One may rent the modern Renard for a day, for cruises, or for meetings.
Citations and references
- Cunat, p.421
- Cunat, p.430
- James (1837), Vol. 6, pp.160-1.
- Cunat, p.428
-  Cotre corsaire Le Renard
- Cunat, Charles (1857). Saint-Malo illustré par ses marins (in French). Imprimerie de F. Péalat.
- James, William (1837). The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV. R. Bentley.
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