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Date Lost: 
Sunday, February 2, 1800
Battle with frigate Vengeance
On February 2, 1800 the 50-gun La Vengeance, was en route to France from Guadeloupe when Commander Thomas Truxton spied the French ship. A four-hour battle ensued. ... The French directed their fire on Constellation's rigging, Constellation concentrated on La Vengeance's hull and timbers. The punishment to La Vengeance was so great that three times the French attempted to haul down their colors. However, in the growing darkness, Truxtun was not able to see the signal. ... The French fire finally weakened Constellation's mainmast so it snapped off at the deck. Truxtun pulled back to repair the damage, and La Vengeance escaped into the darkness.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 40

Namesort descending Service Branch
Seaman Benjamin Bradford USN
Ordinary Seaman Barney Bressland USN
Seaman John Brown USN
Ordinary Seaman Curt Burdock USN
Seaman Nathaniel Canfield USN
Seaman James Carter USN
Seaman Lewis Davis USN
Seaman Emanuel Deist USN
Ordinary Seaman Anthony Demosambs USN
Seaman Peter Dennis USN
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Fitzgerald USN
Seaman James Foster USN
Boy Joseph Graves USN
Ordinary Seaman John Hagan USN
Seaman Richard Hayman USN
Quarter Gunner John Highland USN
Seaman William Hunt USN
Seaman Archibald Hurst USN
Midshipman James Jarvis USN
Seaman Peter Johnson USN


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