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MAURVILLE, Louis Charles Joseph, Count BIDE DE (more-veal), French naval officer, born in Rochefort, 17 November, 1752; died in Paris, 11 March, 1840. He became midshipman in 1764, and served for several years in Newfoundland, Louisiana, and the West Indies, being appointed to command the cutter "Le Chasseur," which became famous for its captures of English vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. He served also under Admirals de Guichen and La Motte-Picquet, sustaining with his cutter off Santo Domingo, on 26 April, 1781, a battle against several English ships. Again, on 17 January, 1783, he drove an English frigate from the harbor of Porto Rico, and joining the Marquis of Vaudreuil took the command of the vanguard of the latter's squadron. He continued to serve in the West Indies, and in 1783 joined the fleet of Count de Soulanges, which had several encounters with the English, participating altogether in seventeen naval battles during the war of 1778-'83. He was made a knight of St. Louis at the conclusion of peace in 1783, and became a commander in 1792, but emigrated to England a few weeks later, returning to France in 1802. He re-entered the navy in 1816 as rear-admiral, and commanded the stations of the West Indies, but retired in 1830.
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