Action at Grabusa

31st January 1828
Part of : Greek War of Independence (1821 - 1830)
Previous action : Battle of Navarino 20.10.1827


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Allied Squadron, Sir Thomas Staines (1776-1830)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Isis (50)  Fleet Flagship
Cambrian (40) Gawen William Hamilton Sunk
Zebra (16) Charles Cotton (d.1828)
Cameleon (10) Christopher Wyvill (1792-1863)

Notes on Action

On January 31st, 1828, by the Commander-in-Chief's direction, Commodore Sir Thomas Staines, K.C.B., in the Isis, 50, anchored off Grabusa, with the Cambrian, 48, Captain Gawen William Hamilton, Rattlesnake, 28, Captain the Hon. Charles Orlando Bridgman, Zebra, 18, Commander Charles Cotton (2), Cameleon, 10, and two French corvettes, and found 14 Greek vessels lying in the port, with an Austrian ship, and an Ionian merchantman, their prizes. Staines demanded the surrender of all these, and, receiving no satisfactory reply, fired into, and destroyed most of them. There was no resistance. Unfortunately, while the British ships were retiring, the Isis and the Cambrian fouled one another in the narrow channel; and the latter, paying off on the wrong tack, presently fell broadside on to a reef of rocks, where she was lost. Her people were saved; but Commander Cotton, of the Zebra, exerted himself so violently and continuously on the occasion as to bring on brain fever, from which he died. The court-martial fully exonerated Captain Hamilton.

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