Action of 30th May 1808

30th May 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Gelderland 19.5.1808
Next action : Action off Saltholm 9.6.1808

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
British vessels, Sir Francis Laforey (2nd Baronet Laforey) (1767-1835)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hydra (38) George Mundy (1777-1861)Fleet Flagship
Vesuvius (8) Alexander Cunningham (d.1836)
Trial (8) Charles Randle
 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

Empire Français

 
French vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

Notes on Action


Description of the actionTRN4
The Hydra, 38, Captain Sir Francis Laforey, the Vesuvius, bomb, 8, Commander Robert Lewis Fitzgerald, and the Trial, cutter, 12, Lieutenant Henry Garrett, while standing in towards Le Havre to observe the preparations there, discovered the French frigate Confiante, 36, Captain E. Pevrieux, which, accompanied by the Vesuve, 20, and a cutter, was bound from Le Havre to Cherbourg. The British ships chased the Frenchmen back towards Le Havre, the Hydra warmly engaging the Confiante for about 50 minutes, at the expiration of which time the latter ran herself ashore opposite Beuzeval, and the Vesuve, harassed by the Vesuvius and Trial, beached herself under a battery near the mouth of the Dives. On the following morning the boats of the Hydra, under Lieutenants George Acklom, and William Joseph Symons, burnt the Confiante, which had been abandoned by her people; but the Vesuve, being refloated, escaped, and joined Muskein's gunboats and flats. These lay at Sallenelle, so well protected by batteries that it was judged useless to attempt to attack them. The destruction of the Confiante was effected without any loss on the British side.


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