Action of 1806-07-26

26th July 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Guerriere vs Blanche 19.7.1806
Next action : Chase of the Vétéran 26.8.1806


Kingdom of Holland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Pallas (36) Nicolaas Sebastiaan Aalbers (1772-1806) Captured
William (12) P. Feteris
Victoria   Captured
Batavia   Captured

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Greyhound (32) Charles Fullerton Elphinstone (1784-1807) 1 killed, 8 wounded
Harrier (16) Edward Ratsey, Edward Thomas Troubridge (1787-1852) 3 wounded

Notes on Action

On July 25th, the Greyhound, 32, Captain Charles Elphinstone, and sloop Harrier, 18, Lieutenant Edward Thomas Troubridge (actg. Com.), sighted, off the south of Celebes, the Dutch Pallas, 36, Captain N. S. Aalbers, and William, 16, Commander P. Feteris, convoying the Dutch armed Indiamen Victoria, and Batavier. The Dutchmen lay to all the night of the 25th off the Celebes coast; and the British vessels did the same, as they had not been able to ascertain whether one of the Indiamen was not a ship of the line which at a distance she resembled. At daylight the British ships attacked the Dutch, who had meantime drawn up in line of battle. The Greyhound engaged the leading Dutch ship, the Pallas, whilst the Harrier bore up, passed between the Pallas and her next astern, and poured her fire into both Dutch vessels. Immediately after this the Greyhound crossed the Pallas's bows, delivered a raking broadside, and gained a position on the enemy's starboard bow, which she succeeded in maintaining, while the Harrier on the Dutchman's quarter kept up a galling fire, to which the enemy was able to make little return. Thus out-manoeuvred, the Pallas struck after forty minutes' hard fighting. The Victoria and Batavier followed her example. The William, which had taken no part in the fighting, succeeded in making good her escape. The Pallas and Greyhound were about equal in force. The Dutch East Indiamen were probably more heavily armed than the Harrier, but were not warships, and did not carry fighting crews. The British loss in the action was 1 killed and 8 wounded in the Greyhound, and 3 wounded in the Harrier. The Dutch had 12 killed and 39 wounded.

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