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Siege of Trieste

5th October 1813 - 29th October 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Alphea vs Renard 9.9.1813
Next action : Attack on Ragusa 11.10.1813 - 13.10.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Squadron,
Thomas Francis FremantleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1819
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Milford (74) 1809-1846
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
John Duff MarklandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1846
Fleet Flagship
Eagle (74) 1804-1926
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1918 Renamed "Eaglet"
Charles CowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1813
Mermaid (18) 1784-1815
British 18 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
David DunnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1849
Wizard (16) 1805-1816
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Sir Fairfax MoresbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1870

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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Posted by Andrew groom on Sunday 13th of February 2022 10:20

The Naval Chronicle Vol 29 lists Lieutenant Corby Bourne to the Wizard in 1813. He died in 1814 as i have his will proven that year. No idea if he was wounded in action in the Med ( off Trieste, Pola or elsewhere) or he simply died in Chichester from the record cold in the 1813/1814 period. They were the snowiest and coldest years in 300 years (CET data) but preceded the 1816 "year without a summer". Anyone have more information on his service in HMS Wizard?

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