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Battle between the French frigate Atalante and the English fleet in 1760

Caption: Battle between the French frigate Atalante and the English fleet in 1760

When General Lévis's French army broke its siege of Quebec in May of 1760, the retreating force was accompanied by a number of small vessels. When the British attempted to capture these ships, the French warships sacrificed themselves to cover the retreat. Seen here is Captain Jean Vauquelin's frigate Atalante, run aground but still fighting after her companion Pomone was sunk.