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Surrender of Surinam

11th August 1799 - 20th August 1799
Part of : The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780 - 1784)
Previous action : Battle of Camperdown 11.10.1797


Great Britain

British Squadron,
The Hon. Hugh SeymourBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1797
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Prince of Wales (98) 1794-1822
British 98 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
Adrian RenouBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1794
Fleet Flagship
Invincible (74) 1765-1801
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
William CayleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1795
Tamar (38) 1796-1810
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Thomas WesternBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1809
Unite (32) 1796-1802
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John Poo BeresfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1838
Syren (32) 1782-1822
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Thomas Le Marchant GosselinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1841
Lapwing (28) 1785-1828
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Thomas HarveyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1821
Amphitrite (28) 1778-1811
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
1794 Renamed "Amphitrite"
Charles EkinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1818
Daphne (24) 1796-1821
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
Requin (10) 1795-1801
British 10 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
William Wood SenhouseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1799
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Daphne (24) 1797-1802
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
Richard MatsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1847

Allied (Batavian Republic & République Française)

Allied Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Hussard (18) 1798-1799
French 18 Gun
Privateer Sloop
Marie Etienne PeltierFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1800
Kemphaan (20) 1781-1799
Dutch 20 Gun
Unrated Cutter

Notes on Action

The surrender of the Dutch colony of Surinam to a naval force under Vice-Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour, consisting of the Prince of Wales, 98 (flag), Captain Adrian Renou; Invincible, 74, Captain George William Cayley; Tamar, 38, Captain Thomas Western; Unite, 38, Captain John Poo Beresford; Syren, 32, Captain Thomas Le Marchant Gosselin; Lapwing, 28, Captain Thomas Harvey; Amphitrite, 28, Captain Charles Ekins; Daphne, 20, Captain Richard Matson; and Requin, 12, Lieutenant William Wood Senhouse, conveying troops under Lieut. General T. Trigge. The expedition sailed from Port Royal, Martinique, on July 31st, and made the coast of Surinam on August 11th. After negotiations extending over several days, a capitulation was ratified by the Dutch governor on August 20th, and on the following day the garrison of Fort Amsterdam marched out with the honours of war, and the place was taken possession of. On the 22nd other important ports, including Paramaribo, were occupied, and the whole colony, now known as Dutch Guiana, became, for the time, British. In the river Surinam were found the Dutch brig-sloop Camphaan, 16, and the French Hussard, 20 (later Surinam, 18), both of which were added to the Royal Navy, the former being provisionally commissioned by Lieutenant Richard Thwaits, and the latter by Lieutenant Christopher Cole.

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