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Attack on Ferrol

25th August 1800 - 26th August 1800
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Seine vs Vengeance 20.8.1800 - 21.8.1800
Next action : Capture of the Dédaigneuse 26.1.1801 - 28.1.1801

 

Great Britain

 
British Squadron,
John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
Ship NameCommanderNotes
London (90) 1766-1811
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Renown (74) 1798-1825
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas EylesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
Impetueux (74) 1794-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1795 Renamed "Impetueux"
Sir Edward PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
Courageux (74) 1800-1832
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Samuel HoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1814
Captain (74) 1787-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Indefatigable (38) 1784-1816
British 38 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
The Hon. Henry CurzonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1830
Amelia (38) 1796-1816
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
The Hon. Charles HerbertBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1805
Amethyst (36) 1799-1811
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John CookeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1794
Stag (32) 1794-1800
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Robert WinthropBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1807
Brilliant (28) 1779-1811
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Charles PagetBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1839
Cynthia (18) 1796-1809
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John DickBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1836
Saint Vincent (14) 1798-1802
British 14 Gun
Hired Cutter
 
 

Spain

 
Spanish Squadron,
Juan Joaquin MorenoSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1840
Ship NameCommanderNotes
San Hermenegildo (112) 1789-1801
Spanish 112 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
Manuel EmparánSpanish
Naval Sailor
Real Carlos (112) 1787-1801
Spanish 112 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
Francisco Javier de Melgarejo y RojasSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1820
San Fernando (98) 1765-1813
Spanish 98 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Argonauta (80) 1798-1805
Spanish 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Juan Herrara DavilaSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1843
San Antonio (74) 1785-1801
Spanish 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
San Agustín (74) 1768-1805
Spanish 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (34) 1788-1804
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Nuestra Señora da Asunción (34) 1772-1805
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Santa Clara (34) 1780-1804
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Nuestra Señora de la Paz (34) 1785-1810
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Palomo (18) 1795-1795
Spanish 18 Gun
Unrated Brig
 
Vivo (14) 1794-1800
Spanish 14 Gun
Unrated Brig
 
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
After the visit of Sir Edward Pellew's squadron to the coasts of the Morbihan, in June, part of that squadron, together with other ships, was put under the orders of Rear-Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, and detached from the Channel upon an expedition against six Spanish ships of the line which lay ready for sea in the port of Ferrol. On August 25th, Sir John reached the bay of Playa de Dominos with some small craft and transports, conveying troops under Lieut.-General Sir James Pulteney. That evening, after a fort had been silenced by the fire of the Impetueux, Brilliant, Cynthia, and St. Vincent, gunboat, the troops, with sixteen field-guns, were disembarked without loss, and, aided by a detachment of seamen, drove back a body of the enemy. This skirmish was followed by a somewhat more serious one at daybreak on the 26th, the upshot being that the British made themselves masters of the heights overlooking the town and harbour. But the General, deterred, as his dispatch suggests, by the strength of the enemy and of the defences, made no further effort, and later in the day re-embarked his men. It seems likely that he allowed himself to be misled by the reports of prisoners, and that, in fact, he could have easily taken Ferrol had he seriously attempted the task.


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