Admiral de Ternay and an “English Convoy”

By G. Rutherford, published May 1940


This considers a minor incident in July 1780, when de Ternay’s convoy from France encountered British frigates off the Chesapeake. These were believed by some of French officers to be no more than the light escort for a British coastal troop convoy, one that would have been at the mercy of his seven ships of the line. Concerned that this might be the screen for a major British force, de Ternay diverted his convoy to Rhode Island, where they landed safely. It is shown here that although the British forces were light, there was no vulnerable convoy.

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Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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