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Junon Fights Rover





HM Sloop Rover Fights HMCM Frigate Junon
13 September 1780



HM Sloop Rover (Commander Henry Savage) was at sea in the West Indies in September 1780. She was the former Massachusetts Privateer Ship Cumberland, captured on 28 January 1779. On 13 September Rover was near Trinidad.  Rover was armed with sixteen 6-pounders and had a crew of 125 men.1 That day she encountered HMCM Frigate Junon (Lieutenant de vaisseau Théobald-René comte de  Kergariou-Locmaria), a 535-ton coppered ship armed with twenty-six 12-pounders and six 6-pounders, with a nominal crew of 270 men.2


Junon was out specifically looking for Rover, for reports of her raiding off Trinidad had reached the French.3 Rover was not in good condition and had four feet of water in the hold from her leaky hull.4 Even so, Savage came boldly down to the unknown ship, firing two shots as a signal to stop. Junon opened fire5 and her second shot brought down one of Rover’s topmasts, ending any slim chance of eluding the French frigate. After a few more shots Savage surrendered to Junon.6


Rover was taken into the Marine Royale as HMCM Corvette Rover, estimated as 300 tonneux, with an estimated length of 85′ and a beam of 21′3″. She was armed with sixteen 6-pounders and four swivels in French service.7


Summary Table

Vessel

Tons

Guns

Broadside

Men

Killed

%

Wounded

%

Total

%

Junon

535

32

156

270

Rover

208

16

48

125

Time: [unknown]
No casualties reported.



1 Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792, 290

2 Dermiliac, Marine of Louis XVI, 365, 366

3 Troude, Batailles navales de la France, 2, 83-84

4 Clowes, Royal Navy, iv, 57

5 Troude, Batailles navales de la France, 2, 83-84

6 Clowes, Royal Navy, iv, 57; Troude, Batailles navales de la France, 2, 83-84

7 Dermiliac, Marine of Louis XVI, 478


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