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The Battle of Cuddalore


On Wed Mar 22, ChrÝst§ wrote
. . As everyone knows, the last shot of the American War of Independence was fired between British and French ships in the Bay of Bengal, at the Battle of Cuddalore on 20 June 1783.

' . . battle was engaged shortly after four in the afternoon. The action lasted about three hours resulting in no major damage to ships in either fleet, despite all ships being engaged . . c. 100 dead and 400 wounded on each side . . word of peace officially arrived at Cuddalore on 29 June.'

To the dismay, no doubt,of all young officers and middies whose prospects of a career vanished in an instant. Even Horatio Nelson was on the beach for six years until war started again in 1793.


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