DESCRIPTION: The British frigate Blanche encounters the French frigate Le Picque. Although their Captain Faulknor is killed they repel a boarding party and capture the French frigate.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1820 (broadside, Bodleian Curzon b.17(98))
KEYWORDS: battle death sea ship England France
Jan 4-5, 1795 - The British frigate Blanche captures the French frigate Pique (source: "HMS Pique (1795)" at Wikipedia site, accessed Sep 11, 2012).
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dixon-Peasantry, Song #39, pp. 237-239, "The Tars of the Blanche" (1 text)
Bodleian, Curzon b.17(98), "The Blanch" ("You Frenchmen don't boast of your fighting "), J. Pitts (London), 1802-1819; also Harding B 25(208), Harding B 17(27b), Firth c.13(49), Harding B 16(26a), Harding B 11(314), Harding B 16(26b), Firth c.13(50), "The Blanch"; Harding B 11(1515), Johnson Ballads 283 [many words illegible], Harding B 25(1885), Harding B 11(3739), Harding B 11(3740), Firth c.13(48), "The Tars of the Blanch"; 2806 c.18(28)[some words illegible], Harding B 11(315) [lacking a few verses], "[The] Blanch Frigate"
NOTES [66 words]: I faintly suspect a relationship (thematic rather than textual) between this and "The Flash Frigate," which Shay thinks is about La Pique. But I have no evidence.
If it seems odd to see so many ships with French names in the British navy, the British would generally keep a French ship's name after capturing it. The British fleet had a lot of French-sounding ships in the Napoleonic era. - RBW
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