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Some account of the

and of the rise and progress of the
commercial Navy of Great Britain. 1834

SOURCE: The Saturday Magazine, No. 117. Supplement, April, 1834

On the 17th of January, 1794, when there was not a British ship of war in the Indian seas, the Company's ship, Pigot, Captain George Ballantyne, lying in Rat Island basin, near Bencoolen, signally defeated two French privateers, Le Vengeur of 32 guns and 350 men, and La Résolue of 28 guns and 160 men. The Pigot mounted 32 guns, but her decks were in confusion from her state of equipment, and she had only 102 men on board. The French ships were captured a few days afterwards, by four sail of Indiamen, under the command of Captain Charles Mitchell, who, on his return to England, received the honour of knighthood from His Majesty, and was presented by the East India Company with 80001., in testimony of his gallant conduct. On the 24th of January, the same ships were attacked by a French squadron of four vessels, two of which carried 40, and 44 guns, but after a severe action, the French found themselves overpowered, and only escaped being taken in consequence of their superior sailing.

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