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The Times, 11 May, 1790:

" ... An express was received yesterday from Admiral Roddam at Portsmouth, stating, that he had just been informed, that the Captain of his Majesty's sloop of war the Audacious, lying at Port Louis, Falkland Island, had been very grossly insulted by the Commander of a Spanish frigate during the former's stay in that port.

The full intelligence of this business we must delay for the present, - what we have reported, will be however sufficient to form a pretty accurate opinion, that the intents of the Spanish Government have been for many months past hostile in this country. ...."


I'll ferret about for more information, but, in the meantime, does anyone know any more about this?

It does bring to mind how difficult it must have been for admirals/captains to make decisions in distant parts with the lack of communications, and, also in the meantime, their Lordships shifting to a different tack. Mind you, I am sure some commanders would be glad to be free of them, too!


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There was no AUDACIOUS, sloop of war, on the List in 1790. The name was carried by a 74 gun ship, launched in 1785 and broken up in 1815, and she was not at the Falklands.


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IONIA wrote:
There was no AUDACIOUS, sloop of war, on the List in 1790. The name was carried by a 74 gun ship, launched in 1785 and broken up in 1815, and she was not at the Falklands.



.... oops; they got it wrong again! Thanks, Peter, for your input.

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