Siege of Trieste

5th October 1813 - 29th October 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Squadron, Thomas Francis Fremantle (1765-1819)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Milford (74) John Duff Markland (1780-1848), John Duff Markland (1780-1848)Fleet Flagship
Eagle (74) Charles Cowley
Mermaid (18) David Dunn (d.1859)
Wizard (16) Sir Fairfax Moresby (1786-1877)

Notes on Action

On October 5th, Rear-Admiral Thomas Francis Fremantle arrived off Triest to co-operate with the Austrians who, under General Count Nugent, invested the place on the land side. On the 10th, the French opened a masked battery of two guns upon the stern of the flagship Milford, which happened to lie towards the shore; but, in a few minutes, Captain John Duff Markland got a spring upon the cable, and, in another quarter of an hour, put both guns out of action, killing or wounding 9 of the men serving them. Later in the day he landed with his Marines and a couple of field pieces. A systematic siege was then laid to the castle, and by the 16th, the British had twelve guns in battery. The besiegers made steady progress, and on the 29th, the French capitulated. In these operations Captains Charles Rowley, of the Eagle, and John Duff Markland, of the Milford, Commanders Fairfax Moresby, of the Wizard, and David Dunn, of the Mermaid, flute, Lieutenants William Hotham, and Charles Moore, Acting Master William Watt (wounded), and Midshipmen Edward Hibbert and Edward Young (wounded), appear to have much distinguished themselves. The total loss on the British side was 10 killed and 35 wounded.

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