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On 25 January 1782, the 28 gun frigate HMS Solebay was wrecked on the Soutwest coast of Nevis in the Leeward Islands on the first day of the Battle of Frigate Bay.

During the engagement the Solebay frigate ran ashore. Several French ships kept firing on her in this distress and the Captain returned it; but, finding that she must inevitably fall into the enemy’s hands, Captain Everett set fore to her and quitted her. She burnt for an hour or more, and blew up about eight o’clock with a most tremendous report; having 160 barrels of powder aboard. The reverberation from the mountain was like distant thunders. This awful explosion seemed a characteristic conclusion to this memorable day”

The remains of HMS Solebay is scattered on sandy bedrock off the coast of Charlestown, Nevis. Large anchors and numerous encrusted cannons and various artifacts still remain around this protected area.



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