Action of 1813-01-06

6th January 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action at Pensicola 29.9.1812
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Bacchante (38) William Hoste
Weazle (16) James Black

République française

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Indomptable (2)  
La Diligente (2)  
L'Arrogante (2)  
La Salamine (2)  
La Calypso (1)  

Notes on Action

At dawn on January 6th, 1813, when the Bacchante, 38, Captain William Hoste, and Weazel, 18, Commander James Black, lay becalmed to the S.E. of Cape d'Otranto, at the mouth of the Adriatic, five French gunboats were discovered, three in the S.W. making for Otranto, and two in the S.E., heading eastward. Hoste signalled to the Weazel to attend to the smaller division, and sent after the larger one his own boats, under Lieutenants Donat Henchy O'Brien, Silas Thomson Hood, and Francis Gostling, with Lieutenant (R.M.) William Haig, Master's Mates George Eyre Powell and James M'Kean, and Midshipmen the Hon. Henry John Rous, the Hon. William Waldegrave, Thomas Edward Hoste, James Leonard Few, and Edward Pocock. O'Brien, in the barge, overhauled and captured the sternmost gunboat, and left it to young Hoste, who secured his prisoners, and then worked the bow gun of his prize against her late friends, which also were presently taken, astonishing to say, without loss to the British. The Weazel, not being able to get up with the smaller division, sent in chase two boats under Lieutenant Thomas Whaley and Midshipman James Stewart, and a boat belonging to the Bacchante, under Master's Mate Edward Webb. This last boat, ere her consorts could overtake her, captured the two gunboats successively, and had no one hurt.


TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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