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Action of 1812-08-02

2nd August 1812
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1812-07-06 6.7.1812 - 7.7.1812
Next action : Action at Benidorm 10.8.1812 - 12.8.1812


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Horatio (38) 1807-1865
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
George ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1815
9 killed, 16 wounded


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Schooner No.114 (6) 1812-1812
Danish 6 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Cutter No.97 (4) 1812-1812
Danish 4 Gun
Unrated Cutter

Notes on Action

On August 1st, while the Horatio, 38, Captain Lord George Stuart, was running down the coast of Norway, she saw an armed cutter disappearing among some rocks. Three boats, with about 80 people, under Lieutenants Abraham Mills Hawkins and Thomas James Poole Masters, were sent after her; and on the following day the Danish cutter No. 97, mounting six 4-prs., was found lying far up a creek, together with the schooner No. 114, mounting six 6-prs., and their prize, an American vessel. These craft were favourably disposed for resistance, and opened a warm fire as the boats approached; but, after a bloody conflict, they were carried. The Danes, out of about 52 men engaged, had 10 killed and 13 wounded. The British lost 9 killed, including Lieutenant (R.M.) George Syder, and 16 wounded, including both Hawkins and Masters; and two of the wounded never recovered. Hawkins, for his gallantry, was made a Commander on December 12th following.

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