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Entreprenant

The Entreprenante with all sails set after Trafalgar

The smallest ship at the Battle of Trafalgar was a tiny 10 gun cutter named the Entreprenante. She was built in about 1798 by the French and captured by the British navy in 1799. She got her first chance at glory in 1800 when she and two British warships captured a Spanish warship and sent her back to England for use in the royal navy.

Throughout 1800, the tiny cutter captured (with help) two more enemy warships. In 1801, she carried dispatches to Jaffa Island. She also carried troops to various spots in 1801. From November 28th 1802 to January 4th 1804, she laid at Plymouth under repair. On April 21st, 1804, she and H.M.S. Meteor captured a Russian sloop. Under Lieutenant Benjamin Young, she was present in Collingwood's division at the famous Battle of Trafalgar. But, due to her small size, (67 feet and only 10 guns) she took no major part in the battle as one broadside would have finished her. As the battle drew to a close however, she assisted in rescuing drowning Spanish and French prisoners, cramming the little cutter to her limit.

In 1806, she captured an excellent American brig and assisted in the capture of two French sloops. She transported troops around and helped in other battles until, at the age of 14, she was broken up in June of 1812 after a long record of good service to the British crown.

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