Action of 1813-05-27

27th May 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Attack on Carlopago 15.5.1813
Next action : Attack at Chiliodromia 5.6.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Apollo (36) Bridges Watkinson Taylor (d.1814)
Cerberus (32) Thomas Garth

Notes on Action

On May 27th, observing in Otranto a convoy which, it was expected, would make for Corfu with the first favourable wind, Captain Thomas Garth, with the Cerberus, took up a station off Fano, having first sent in two boats from the Cerberus, and two belonging to the Apollo, under Lieutenants John William Montagu and William Henry Nares, to lie in wait under the Apulian shore. At 1 A.M. on the 28th, the convoy came out, protected by eight gunboats; yet, in spite of the inequality of force, the boats attacked them with great determination. Nares boarded and carried one; Midshipman William Hutchison mastered another. In attempting a third, Master's Mate Thomas Richard Suett was shot through the heart. He, and 1 seaman, were the only British killed, and but one other person was wounded. Each of the captured gunboats mounted three guns. Four of the convoy were taken also.

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