Spanish frigate El Gamo
The Action and Capture of the Spanish Xebeque Frigate El Gamo by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield
|Captured:||6 May 1801 by Lord Cochrane|
|Fate:||Sold to Algeria as a merchantman|
|Class and type:||32-gun frigate|
|Sail plan:||Interchangeable xebec-rigged and ship-rigged|
The Spanish ship El Gamo was a 32-gun xebec-frigate of the Spanish Navy involved in action with, and subsequently captured by Lord Cochrane on 6 May 1801. The skirmish is notable for the large disparity between the size and firepower of El Gamo and her opponent, the British brig Speedy; the former was around four times the size, had much greater firepower and a crew six times the size of Speedy, which had a reduced crew of 54 at the time of the engagement.