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Attack on Martinique

16th January 1759 - 19th January 1759
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Blockade of Dunkirk 1759 1759
Next action : Capture of Guadeloupe 20.1.1759 - 1.5.1759

 

Great Britain

 
British Leeward Island's Squadron,
John MooreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1778
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Cambridge (80) 1755-1808
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas BurnettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1782
Fleet Flagship
Saint George (90) 1740-1774
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
Clark GaytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1723-1782
Norfolk (74) 1757-1774
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Robert HughesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1770
Berwick (64) 1743-1760
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
William HarmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1763
Buckingham (68) 1751-1779
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1777 Renamed "Grampus"
Richard TyrrellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1760
Burford (68) 1757-1785
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
James GambierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1800
Lion (58) 1738-1765
British 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Sir William TrelawnyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1767
Rippon (60) 1758-1808
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Edward JekyllBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1774
Panther (60) 1758-1813
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Molyneaux ShuldhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1793
Winchester (50) 1744-1769
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Sir Edward Le CrasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1778
Bristol (50) 1746-1768
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Lachlan LeslieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1761
Woolwich (44) 1749-1762
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
Peter ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799
Roebuck (44) 1743-1764
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas LynnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1780
Ludlow Castle (44) 1744-1771
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Edward ClarkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1778
Renown (30) 1747-1771
British 30 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
1748 Renamed "Renown"
George MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1779
Amazon (22) 1745-1763
British 22 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
William NortonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1779
Rye (20) 1746-1763
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
Daniel DeringBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1759
Weazle (16) 1745-1779
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John BolesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1760
Antigua (14) 1757-1763
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Weston VarloBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1787
Bonetta (10) 1756-1776
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Richard KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1805
Spy (10) 1756-1773
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William BayneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1782
Kingfisher (14) 1745-1763
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Sabine DeaconBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1749
Falcon (8) 1745-1759
British 8 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
Mark RobinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1787
Granado (8) 1742-1763
British 8 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
Samuel UvedaleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1790
Infernal (14) 1757-1774
British 14 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
James MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1763
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4

The British force on the Leeward Islands' station, under Commodore John Moore, was strengthened by eight ships of the lino under Captain Robert Hughes, and by troops under Major-General Hopson, in order that the force might reduce some of the French Caribbean Islands, which were supposed to be weakly garrisoned. The troops left England in November, 1758, under convoy of Captain Hughes, and reached Carlisle Bay, Barbados, in January, 1759. There Commodore Moore was met with. On the 13th of that month the whole force sailed for Martinique, and on the afternoon of the 15th entered Fort Royal Bay. On the morning of the 16th the Bristol, 50, Captain Leslie, and the Ripon, 60, Captain Jekyll, silenced and occupied a, fort on Negro Point. The Winchester, 50, Captain Le Cras, Woolwich, 44, Captain Peter Parke, and Roebuck, 44, Captain Thomas Lynn, cannonaded the batteries in the Bay of Cas des Navires, where it was intended to disembark troops.

A landing was effected at about 4 P.M. under Captains Molyneux Shuldham, James Gambier, and Thomas Burnett; and, by the following morning, nearly the whole army was ashore. But against 4400 British, available for the service, there were at least 10,000 French, including their militia; and, after some small operations had been attempted, General Hopson, despairing of success, withdrew his troops to the transports.

The expedition then proceeded to St. Pierre, the capital of the island. But, on his arrival off that place on the 19th, the Commodore did nothing except send in the Ripon, 60, Captain Jekyll, to attack some batteries, the reduction of which would not in the least have influenced the general fate of the island. Jekyll was quite unsupported; and, having fought from '1 till 4.30 P.M. with great gallantry and silenced one battery, he was obliged to cut his cable and tow off. The position of the Ripon was for some time not unlike that of the Formidable under Captain de St. lion at the attack on Lissa in 1866. She narrowly escaped grounding, and could not entirely get clear till 6 P.M. Jekyll behaved magnificently. It was then decided to abandon the attempt on Martinique, and to attack Guadeloupe




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