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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) 1795-1796
British 56 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas ParrBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1800
Fleet Flagship
Scipio (64) 1782-1798
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Francis LaforeyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1814
Undaunted (38) 1793-1796
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1795 Renamed "Undaunted"
Henry RobertsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1794
Pique (34) 1795-1798
British 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
David MilneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1847
Babet (20) 1794-1801
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
William Granville LobbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1806

Batavian Republic

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Thetis (24) 1785-1796
Dutch 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Zeemeeuw (12) 1781-1796
Dutch 12 Gun
Unrated Ship

Notes on Action

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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