Action between HMS 'Hydra' and 'Furet', 27 February 1806
A scene showing the action on 27 February 1806, between the British 38-gun frigate 'Hydra' and the French brig, 'Furet'. Following their defeat at the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, four French frigates and the 'Furet' escaped to Cadiz where they remained until February 1806. To entice them out, Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood withdrew his heavy ships out to sea leaving only the frigate 'Hydra' and the sloop 'Moselle', 18 guns, in close blockade. On 23 February a strong easterly wind drove them off station and the French commander, Captain La Marre La Meillerie took the opportunity to sail. The Frenchmen were sighted by the 'Hydra' and 'Moselle' the same evening and Captain George Mundy of the 'Hydra' dispatched the 'Moselle' to warn the Commander-in-Chief, while he gave chase. At about 4.30 pm on 27 February he overtook the 'Furet' which struck to him.
- Image reference: BHC0572
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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