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Taking of the Alcinous

14th February 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Amelia vs Arethuse 7.2.1813
Next action : Capture of Ponza 26.2.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Bacchante (38) 1811-1858
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William HosteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1824
1 wounded

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Alcinous (2) 1813-1813
French 2 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
 2 killed, 9 wounded

Notes on Action

In the early morning of February 14th, the Bacchante, 38, Captain William Hoste, sent her barge, armed and manned, under Lieutenant Silas Thomson Hood, in pursuit of a vessel which was seen to be making for Otranto. Hood poured in a fire of round shot and musketry, and then boarded and carried the French gunboat Alcinous, 2, the only person hurt on the British side being Hood himself. The French had 2 killed and 9 wounded. In this affair, Lieutenant (R.M.) William Haig, and Master's Mates William Lee Rees and Charles Bruce distinguished themselves. The prize, owing to her damaged condition, had to be destroyed.

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