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Cyane vs Cerere

27th June 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Operations in the Bay of Naples 24.6.1809 - 26.6.1809
Next action : Capture of San Domingo 2.7.1809 - 6.7.1809


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Cyane (22) 1806-1815
British 22 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
Thomas StainesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1825

Kingdom of Naples

Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Cerere (32) 1783-1820
Scilian 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

Notes on Action

Description of the ActionTRN5
That evening the Cerere, Fama, and twenty gunboats made a fresh attempt to get from Pozzuoli Bay to Naples, but were at once assailed by the Cyane. Drawing ahead of the Espoir and the British gunboats, and using her sweeps, she closed with the Cerere, and fought her till all her powder was exhausted, when she drew off in a disabled condition with 2 killed and 20 (including the gallant Staines and Lieutenants James Hall and John Ferrier) wounded. The Cerere is said to have lowered her flag, but, on receiving a reinforcement of men from Naples, to have hoisted it again. Her losses were about 50 killed or wounded. The Fama gave no help to her consort.

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