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Operations against San Domingo

4th January 1794 - 4th June 1794
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Crescent vs Reunion 19.10.1793
Next action : Action of 1794-04-23 23.4.1794

 

République Française

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Europa (50) 1783-1814
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
George GregoryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1812
Fleet Flagship
Irresistible (74) 1782-1806
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
John HenryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1812
Belliqueux (64) 1780-1816
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Sceptre (64) 1781-1799
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
James Richard DacresBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1808
Penelope (32) 1783-1797
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Bartholomew Samuel RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1811
Iphigenia (32) 1780-1801
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Patrick SinclairBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1791
Fly (14) 1793-1803
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
 
 

Great Britain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
King George 1794-1794
British Unrated Armed Vessel
 
 

Notes on Action


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On January 2nd, 1794, Commodore Ford detached the Penelope, 32, Captain Bartholomew Samuel Rowley offering terms of capitulation to Port au Prince. These were refused; and, in consequence, the Commodore blockaded the harbour. On February 3rd, Cape Tiburon was taken, after slight resistance; and on the llth Aoul was carried. On May 31st, the Europa, 50, Commodore Ford, Captain George Gregory; Irresistible, 74, Captain John Henry; Belliqueux 64, Captain James Brine; Sceptre, 64, Captain James Richard Dacres (1), and three frigates and three sloops, with 1465 effective troops on board under Brigadier-General White, arrived in the Bay of Port au Prince from Cape Nicolas Mole. On June 1st, the Belliqueux, Sceptre and Penelope opened fire on Fort Brissoton, the Europa and Irresistible, under sail, lending occasional assistance; and, in the course of the day, troops were disembarked under the direction of Commander Thomas Affleck, of the Fly, sloop. The operations were interrupted at 6 P.M. by a most tremendous storm; but, in the consequent confusion and obscurity, the fort was rushed and carried. On the 3rd, the Hermione, 32, Captain John Hills, and the Iphigenia, 32, Captain Patrick Sinclair, bombarded a work at Bernadou to make a diversion during the advance of the troops; and, on the 4th, Port au Prince was taken possession of. There was little loss, the Hermione having 5 killed and 6 wounded, and the Belliqueux 10 wounded.


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