Capture of Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice

23rd April 1796 - 2nd May 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1796-04-20 20.4.1796
Next action : Capture of St Lucia 26.4.1796 - 24.5.1796

 

Great Britain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Malabar (56) Thomas Parr (d.1800)Fleet Flagship
Scipio (64) Francis Laforey (1767-1835)
Undaunted (38) Henry Roberts (1757-1796)
Pique (34) David Milne (1763-1845)
Babet (20) William Granville Lobb
 

Batavian Republic

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Thetis (24)   Captured
Zeemeeuw (12)   Captured
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
Vice-Admiral Sir John Laforey, Bart., who had succeeded Vice-Admiral Benjamin Caldwell, in June, 1795, as Commander-in-Chief on the Leeward Islands' station, detached the Malabar, 54, Captain Thomas Parr, with one 64, and a few frigates and transports, and some troops under Major-General John Whyte, on April 15th, 1796. On April 23rd, this expedition quietly took possession of the Dutch settlements of Demerara and Essequibo, and, on May 2nd, of Berbice. At Demerara, the Thetis, 24, Zeemeeuw, 12, and several richly laden merchantmen were made prizes of.


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