Capture of Fiume

3rd July 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Surrender of Guipanna and Mezzo 17.6.1813 - 22.7.1813
Next action : Reduction of San Sebastien 10.7.1813 - 8.9.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Milford (74) John Duff Markland (1780-1848), John Duff Markland (1780-1848)Fleet Flagship
Eagle (74) Charles Cowley
Elizabeth (74)  
Bacchante (38) William Hoste
Haughty (12)  

Notes on Action

In 1813 Fiume was not a place of as much strength as it is now. It was nevertheless of much local importance. On July 3rd, Rear-Admiral Thomas Francis Fremantle, in the Milford, 74, Captain John Duff Markland, with the Elizabeth, 74, Captain Edward Leveson Gower, Eagle, 74, Captain Charles Rowley, Bacchante, 38, Captain William Hoste, and Haughty, 12, Lieutenant James Harvey, weighed from an anchorage about four miles from the port. Dropping the Haughty and a division of boats to storm the mole-head battery, the other ships proceeded to attack the sea-face batteries, which mounted 15 heavy guns. Owing to a shift of wind, the arrangements could not be entirely carried out as intended; but, after the Eagle had silenced one battery, Fremantle made the signal to storm. Rowley, leading in his gig, took the fort, which he had silenced; Hoste, with Marines from the Milford, occupied another battery, which had been evacuated after a cannonade by the Milford and Bacchante. Having turned the guns of his battery against the other works, Rowley dashed through the town, regardless of the fire from the windows, and from a field piece in the main street, and chased the defenders into a large house in the chief square. By that time a party from the Milford, under Markland, had begun to open with carronades upon the building, whereupon the French gave way and fled. Hoste and Rowley joining, the remaining batteries, with the field piece, stores, and shipping, were taken possession of. In all this fighting, only 1 of the attackers was killed, and but 6 were wounded. Of the 90 vessels captured, about half were handed back to their owners, 13 sent to Lissa, and the rest destroyed. Ere the place was abandoned the guns in the batteries were rendered useless.


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

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