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Action of 1811-07-04

4th July 1811 - 5th July 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1811-06-27 27.6.1811
Next action : Action off Cape Sicie 19.7.1811

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
British Convoy Escort
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Cressy (74) 1810-1832
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Charles Dudley PaterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
Defiance (74) 1783-1817
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard RaggettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1822
Dictator (64) 1783-1817
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Robert WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1823
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James Pattison StewartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
Sheldrake (16) 1806-1817
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James Pattison StewartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
 

Denmark

 
Danish Gunboats
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionNWB
... in the night of July 4th-5th, a Danish force of seventeen gunboats [Four gunsloops, three gunboats (English prizes), ten gunyawls] and ten small fireships attacked an English convoy at anchor in the Great Belt. The attack was directed at the northern end of the convoy, which was guarded only by the Sheldrake 16, while at the other end were the Cressy 74, Defiance 74, and Dictator 74. The Sheldrake cut her cable and drifted towards the battleships, and the Danes were able to set on fire a number of the merchantmen, but the breeze suddenly freshened and the gunboats had to retire. A fog came on and helped to cover their retreat, But the three gunboats and one gun-yawl were captured.


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