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Tango0125 Oct 2018 12:49 p.m. PST

"The HMS Castor was out of luck: the 32-gun British frigate had fallen on Admiral Nielly's French division. The Beaver was captured, along with 10 merchant ships he was in charge of.

In the open Atlantic, on May 6th, 1794 the Beaver received the flag of the young Republic and his new crew. His mission was to patrol and prevent the bulk of the force if enemy sails appeared.

Eighteen days after his capture, the frigate seized a lost Dutch merchant, The Maria Gertruda. Having gone too far from the French squadron, the commander of the Beaver decided to sail to Brest, his towing.

Thus the Castor, slowed down by its cumbersome annex and in the hands of an inexperienced crew of catch, began its crossing of a zone where swarmed the English navy…"




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