Honour - 'Marengo' 1806
The action took place about 640 miles west by south (about 258º) of the Canary Isles at 26º 16' N 29º 25W.
The 2nd Rate HMS London sighted two sails to the North West at 0300hrs, and immediately began a chase. They were the French Marengo (80-guns) and Belle-Poule homeward bound from the East Indies.
By 0530hrs London and Marengo were alongside and fire was opened. By 0600hrs Marengo made to sail away and a running fight began. This continued until 1025hrs when she struck her colours with Foudroyant fast approaching the battle.
London lost 10 killed and 22 wounded out of 740 aboard. Marengo lost 63 killed and 82 wounded out of 740 aboard.
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