Prise du Cutter Anglais Swan, par Le Corsaire Francais La Reciprocite, Capitaine J Pouchin, conjointent avec Le Voltigeur en Mars 1807

English cutter Swan taken by French privateers La Reciprocite and Le Voltigeur March 1807.
This depicts an action six leagues south west of the Needles on 20th March 1807, after three French luggers had approached the 'Swan' (14 guns, 154 tons) a Customs cutter based out of Cowes. There was an exchange of musketry after which Swan's commander, Richard Comben, struck his colours. Twenty of the crew evaded capture by escaping in the Swan's six-oared boat, leaving three (including Comben) to be taken prisoner to France. [information supplied by Mr David Gale].

Object Details

ID: PAH8377
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Houllets
Vessels: Reciprocite ca.1807 [French]; Swan 1795? [HMS] Voltigeur ca.1807 [French]
Date made: Mar 1807
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 415 x 568 mm; Mount: 607 mm x 835 mm

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