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Capture of the Junon

10th February 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1809-02-08 8.2.1809
Next action : Action at Sables d'Olonne 27.2.1809

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Horatio (38) 1807-1865
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
George ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1815
Latona (38) 1781-1816
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
James Athol WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1821
,
Hugh PigotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1853
Driver (18) 1797-1834
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Charles ClaridgeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1809
,
George Paris MonkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1810
Superieure (14) 1803-1814
British 14 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Humphrey Fleming SenhouseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1841
,
William FerrieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1812
 

Empire Français

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Junon (36) 1806-1809
French 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
J. B. A. RousseauFrench
Naval Sailor
Captured 130 casualties
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On February 7th, the Junon, 40, Captain J. B. A. Rousseau, after having been for some weeks blockaded in the harbour of the Saintes, escaped to sea. She was sighted next day by the British vessels Superieure, 14, Commander William Ferrie, and Asp, 16, Commander Robert Preston. The Superieure gave chase; but the Asp soon dropped behind. In the afternoon of the 9th the Superieure was still bravely pursuing, when the Latona, 38, Captain Hugh Pigot, opportunely hove in sight, and joined in the chase. On the 10th, the two vessels were some distance astern of the Junon. At that point, two more British vessels, the Horatio, 38, Captain George Scott, and Driver, 18, Commander Charles Claridge, came into sight, steering on the opposite tack. Their appearance compelled the Junon to turn and go before the wind, whereupon she was headed off by the Latona, and forced to double back and meet the Horatio. She passed the Horatio on the opposite tack, exchanging a hot fire, and then wore, and hauled up. But the Horatio outstripped her in speed of wearing, and was able to rake her. The Junon hauled up again on the starboard tack, and was brought to close action by her antagonist, running on the same tack. The Horatio's main and mizen topmasts, fore top-gallant mast, and fore topsail tie were shot away, and her Captain was wounded. The Junon soon drew away, with less serious injuries to her rigging but greatly shattered in hull. The Superieure pluckily opened fire on her, the Latona being too far away to give any help; and the Driver not hastening up to engage. At last the Latona got within range and opened fire, and the Driver got near enough to attack. The Junon s main and mizen masts fell in an attempt to tack, whereupon the French flag was struck, after a most creditable and skilful resistance to greatly superior force. The Junon lost 130 out of a crew of 323; the British loss was 7 killed and 33 wounded.


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