' . . 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.