Attack on the Amazone

24th March 1811
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1808-04-22 24.4.1808


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Berwick (74) James Macnamara
Amelia (38) Frederick Paul Irby (1779-1844) 1 killed, 1 wounded
Niobe (38) John Wentworth Loring (1775-1852)
Goshawk (16) James Lilburne (d.1812)
Hawk (16) Henry Bourchier (1787-1852)

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Amazone (40) B. L. Rousseau Sunk

Notes on Action

... in November, 1810, the Amazone, 40, escaped from the road of St. Vaast to Le Havre. In the course of the following months she made several attempts to proceed thence to Cherbourg; and, early on March 24th, 1811, she was observed in the course of one of these by the Berwick, 74, Captain James Macnamara. The frigate was chased, and driven into a rocky bay near Barfleur lighthouse, where, in anchoring, she lost her rudder. Macnamara summoned to his aid, or was presently joined by, the Amelia, 38, Captain the Hon. Frederick Paul Irby, Goshawk, 16, Commander James Lilburn, Hawk, 16, Commander Henry Bourchier, and Niobe, 38, Captain John Wentworth Loring; and the three largest ships of the squadron then stood in as close as possible to the Frenchman, firing at her as they wore, but doing her little damage, and themselves suffering a good deal aloft, besides having 1 killed and 1 wounded in the Amelia. Macnamara, however, was about to renew the attack on the 25th, when he discovered that Captain B. L. Rousseau had saved him the trouble by burning his frigate.

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