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Date Posted: 22:28:35 01/07/16 Thu
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: Capture of Brillant 56c in 1734
In reply to: Ted 's message, "Capture of Brillant 56c in 1734" on 11:20:33 01/04/16 Mon


= Pierre Boyé, Un roi de Pologne et la couronne ducale de Loraine: Stanislas Leszczynski et le troisième traité de Vienne, d'après les archives d'état, les papiers du roi de Pologne et autres documents inédits (Berger-Levrault et Cie., 1898). A chapter on the siege of Dantzig begins on p. 214. If the link doesn't work, you can Google books with the author and part of the title.


= Kazimierz Waliszewski, L'héritage de Pierre le Grand: règne des femmes, gouvernement des favoris, 1725-1741 (Plon-Nourrit et cie, 1900). On 208 there is this description of the incident:

“Pour se prévaloir de sa supériorité, elle attendit neéanmoins le moment, où, après avoir débarqué sans coup férir un corps de 1,500 hommes, la petite escadrille française de six bâtiments fut réduite à une frégate, Le Brillant, qui alors fut capturée mais plutôt par l’effet de la capitulation de Weichselmünde (12 juin 1734) et gràce à l’armée de terre. Entre temps même, la flotte russe avait cruellement souffert et s’était laissé prendre une de ses propres frégates, la Mittau, qui fut l’objet d’un échange (2).”

(2) Viésiélago, Histoire de la flotte russe, I, 86; Boyé, Stanislas Lescynsk/, 1898, p. 89.

I don't know whether he is referring to an actual French translation of Veselago; Boyé is the work I mentioned above, so you can look on p. 89 also.

I am preparing for an action at sea in 1806 between an American squadron of 6 × 74* and the squadron of Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Strachan of 1 × 80, 6 × 74, but I can come back to this on Sunday if more information or references are needed. Ted, I didn't save either of the books but if you want to see what they say and have problems downloading them, I can get them and we can figure out a way for me to send them to you.

There might be other references to this incident in detailed French naval histories like Guérin.

*The ships designed by Joshua Humphreys in 1799 for which the Adams administration began acquiring material, but whose construction was cancelled by the Jefferson administration. If Adams had obtained the electoral votes of New York again, as in 1796, or had obtained five more scattered electoral votes from states like North Carolina and Maryland, these ships could have been built—if the Federalists had also obtained majorities in Congress that would vote the money for their completion.

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