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Attacks on Lagusta and Curzola

18th January 1813 - 3rd February 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1813-01-06 6.1.1813
Next action : Amelia vs Arethuse 7.2.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Apollo (36) 1805-1856
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Bridges Watkinson TaylorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1799
Esperanza 1813-1813
British Privateer

Notes on Action

On January 18th, Rear-Admiral Thomas Francis Fremantle, commanding in the Adriatic, sent the Apollo, 38, Captain Bridges Watkinson Taylor, accompanied by the privateer, Esperanza, and four gunboats, with 250 troops, under Lieutenant-Colonel Robertson, to attack the island of Lagosta, which surrendered on the 29th. The conduct of Lieutenant George Bowen , Purser Thomas Ullock, and Midshipmen William Henry Brand, William Hutchison, and William David Folkes, on the occasion, was much praised. Having garrisoned Lagosta, the Apollo and her consorts sailed on February 1st for the neighbouring island of Curzola; and on the same night, a body of seamen, Marines, and soldiers, was landed near the principal town. Finding, when he had occupied the suburbs, that the enemy still attempted to hold the place, Taylor took off his seamen, and, on February 3rd, attacked and silenced the sea batteries, whereupon the island capitulated. The conquest cost the British 2 killed and 1 slightly wounded.

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