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) Charles Dudley Pater
Defiance (74) Richard Raggett
Dictator (64) Robert Williams (1765-1837), James Pattison Stewart
Sheldrake (16) James Pattison Stewart
 

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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