Action at Lavandon

11th July 1804
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Attack on Ver Huell's squadron 16.5.1804 - 19.5.1804
Next action : Bombardment of Le Havre 23.7.1804

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Seahorse (38) The Hon. Courtnay Boyle (1770-1844)
Maidstone (32) George Elliott
Narcissus (32) Ross Donnelly (1761-1840)
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On July 11th, ten boats of the Narcissus, 32, Captain Ross Donnelly, Seahorse, 38, Captain the Hon. Courtenay Boyle, and Maidstone, 32, Captain the Hon. George Elliot, forming part of Lord Nelson's squadron blockading Toulon, attacked a dozen small French craft at Lavandou in Hyeres Bay, just before midnight. The enemy was found fully prepared, and received the British boats, which were under the orders of Lieutenants John Thompson, John Richard Lumley, Ogle Moore, and Hyde Parker, with a tremendous fire. The British force, however, was led and handled in a manner which won warm praise from Nelson, and destroyed most of the French small craft, but only with terrible loss. One vessel was brought away. The killed numbered 4, including Midshipman Thomas Owen Roche, and the wounded 23, including Lumley. " Wounds," said Nelson in a general order on this affair, " are marks of honour; they must be expected."


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