French ship Scipion (1779)
Scipion raking HMS London during the Action of 18 October 1782.
|Fate:||Ran aground 1782|
|Class and type:||Scipion class|
|Tons burthen:||1500 tonnes|
|Length:||53.8 m (177 ft)|
|Beam:||14.1 m (46 ft)|
|Draught:||7.3 m (24 ft)|
|Armament:||74 to 78 guns of various weights of shot|
In the Action of 18 October 1782, under Captain Nicolas Henri de Grimouard, Scipion fought gallantly against two British ships of the line of 90 and 74 guns. Through good sailmanship, she managed to damage HMS London and escape, but was destroyed the next day after she was chased and ran aground.
- Allen, Joseph (1852). Battles of the British Navy. London: Henry Bohn. pp. 349–350.
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