Action of 18 October 1782



Battle Summary
Details Stats Colonists/Allies British/Allies
Name: Action of 18 October 1782 (Naval Battle) Total Forces:
Date(s): 10/18/1782 Killed: 15 11
Location: Hispaniola Wounded: 46 75
Duration (days): 1 Captured: 550
Victory: British Total Ships: 2 2
Col./Ally Cmdr.: Nicolas Henri de Grimouard Ships Lost:
Brit./Ally Cmdr.: James Kempthorne Ships Captured:


The Action of 18 October 1782 was a minor naval engagement of the American War of Independence, in which the French 74-gun ship of the line Scipion, accompanied by a frigate, was chased by two ships of the line, HMS London and Torbay. Outmanoeuvring her larger opponents, Scipion obtained a favourable position that allowed her to rake HMS London, causing severe damage and escaping.

The British resumed the chase, and Scipion struck a rock in Samana Bay, becoming a total loss.