A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL [EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action.

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A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action.








A Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL [EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814]
[Only 32 Clasps Issued For This exceptionally. Exciting Frigate Action]


To.
WILLIAM JAMES

“A PRESSED MAN” Ex-HMS Quebec ...Confirmed on aboard the Eurotas.


[HMS EUROTAS ACTION WITH CLORINDE] A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. On 25th February 1814 the frigate HMS Eurotas (38), Captain J. Phillimore, discovered the French frigate Clorinde (44) on her way to Brest, after a cruise. The British frigate gave chase and being faster, at five p.m. passed under the stern of the Clorinde, and gave her her starboard broadside. Then getting alongside her antagonist, a furious contest of twenty minutes followed, in which the mizzen mast of the Eurotas was shot away, and the fore top-mast of the Clorinde. The French frigate then shot ahead, but the Eurotas luffing up, the ships were again side by side and the action continued with re-doubled ardour. At twenty minutes past six the Eurotas lost her main mast, and about the same time the mizzen mast of the Clorinde came down. Ten minutes later the foremast of the Eurotas went overboard, which was followed by the fall of the mainmast of her opponent.

A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. The British ship was now totally dismasted and unmanageable, and at 7.30 p.m. the Clorinde with her fore yard only standing, set the remains of her foresail, and her fore stay-sail, and stood away out of gunshot. Captain Phillimore having been severely wounded by a grape shot in the shoulder, Lieutenant R. Smith took the command of the Eurotas, the wreck was cut away, and every exertion made during the night to get up jury masts and keep after the enemy. Soon after six the next morning, the Eurotas with three effective masts, again made sail after the enemy, then about four miles distant, and in the same dismasted state as on the previous evening.

At about noon, while evidently gaining on the chase, to the mortification of everyone on board the Eurotas, a British thirty-six gun frigate and a sixteen gun sloop appeared on the horizon, the Dryadand the Achates. The crew of the Eurotas could only watch on as the Dryad and Achates completed the formalities of their hard-fought action. However, upon Captain Galway of the Dryad being offered the sword of the French Captain in surrender, he honourably refused it, observing that it was only due to Captain Philimore. The Eurotas had two Midshipmen and nineteen men killed, and her Captain, two officers and thirty-six men wounded. The Clorinde had thirty killed, and forty wounded.

The captured Clorinde was repaired and brought into British service as HMS Aurora. She served off South America during the years 1821–25 and in the Caribbean, 1826–28 and was broken up on 24 April 1851.

A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action. A Very Rare Medal & Clasp with very few extant survivors. Medal AEF with an original two claw silver brooch pin.

PROVENANCE:
Ex- Sotherby (Lot 47) 25.6.1976. A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action.





NOTE; A SIMILAR MEDAL WAS SOLD TWENTY YEARS AGO AT DNW as Lot 205 on 28th June 2000 at £4500 (£5535) including commissions.

£6750

A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL
[EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES  (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action.

A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL [EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action.
£6750

A Very Rare & Desirable NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL [EUROTAS 25th FEBy 1814] To. WILLIAM JAMES. (A Pressed Man) Ex-HMS QUEBEC. Only 32 clasps were issued for this exceptionally exciting frigate action.