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Boat attack at Giulianovo

15th May 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Defence of Castro Urdiales 5.1813 - 22.6.1813
Next action : Action of 1813-05-27 27.5.1813


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
3 killed, 6 wounded

Notes on Action

At daylight on June 12th, the Bacchante discovered an enemy's convoy under the town of Giulianova, on the coast of the Abruzzi. The frigate being some miles to leeward, the wind light, and the currents adverse, Captain Hoste detached his boats, under Lieutenant Silas Thomson Hood, with discretionary orders, either to attack or to await the Bacchante's arrival. Hood found the enemy stronger than had been anticipated. There were seven large gun-boats, each mounting a long 18-pr., three smaller gunboats, each with a 4-pr., and fourteen sail of merchantmen, four of which were armed; and in rear of the convoy were troops with two field pieces. In spite of this display of force, and although he himself was half crippled from the effects of his injury of February 14th, Hood dashed in under a withering fire, and drove the people from the vessels and the troops from the beach, taking and destroying the field pieces. The whole convoy was captured, only 3 men being killed and 6 wounded on the side of the attack. Among those mentioned as having distinguished themselves were Lieutenants Francis Gostling, and Edward Webb (acting), Lieutenants (R.M.) Charles Holmes and William Haig, Master's Mates William Lee Rees and James M'Kean, and Midshipmen James Howe, Thomas Edward Hoste, Francis George Farewell, the Hon. William Waldegrave, and Thomas William Langton, and Mr. Samuel Richardson.

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