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Allen, Joseph, Battles of the British Navy, Vol. I (1190-1799), London: Henry G. Bohn, 1852. Click on icon in u.r.h. corner to download pdf. P.267ff.
On the 10th of August , a British squadron, under Commodore
Sir Edward Vernon, consisting of the following
being off Pondicherry, encountered a French squadron; consisting
of the 64-gun ship Brillant, 36-gun frigate Pourvoyant,
32-gun frigate Sartine, and two armed country ships of
twenty-four guns each, commanded by Commodore Tronjolli.
The action was commenced by the Rippon, at about
2h. 45m. P.M., and continued at close quarters till 4h. 45m.,
when the enemy made sail, and, being less crippled in spars
and faster sailers, escaped into Pondicherry. The number
• of killed and wounded is believed to have been severe on
both sides. Although Sir Edward Vernon frequently offered
battle to M. de Tronjolli, he was unable to bring him again
to action ; but on the 25th of October, the Seahorse engaged
and took the Sartine, which, being a fine ship only two years
old, was taken into the British navy.