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CAMELEON (16) Purchased in 1780.
Sold in 1783.

  • 1781 William O'Brian DRURY.
    On 14 August, about 9 o'clock, CAMELEON with 125 men came up with a large Dutch dogger mounted with 18 guns and 20 swivels. After a close action had continued for half an hour when the dogger suddenly blew up. The shock was so violent that it forced the people on Cameleon off their legs; when the smoke had cleared the sloop's t op sails were seen to be on fire and had to be cut from the yards to save the ship. Many limbs and mangled bodies of Dutchmen were thrown on the deck and in the rigging. Capt. DRURY sent his boats in search of any of the crew that might have escaped but none was found alive.
    The CAMELEON had 12 men wounded.

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