Action of 1813-03-30

30th March 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of Ponza 26.2.1813
Next action : Defence of Castro Urdiales 5.1813 - 22.6.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Volontaire (38) Granville George Waldegrave (1786-1857)
Undaunted (38) Richard Thomas, Thomas Ussher (1779-1848)
Redwing (16) Sir John Gordon Sinclair

Notes on Action

Before March 30th, the Undaunted joined the Volontaire, 38, Captain the Hon. Granville George Waldegrave (senior officer), and the Redwing, 18, Commander Sir John Gordon Sinclair, Bart. On the day last named, the three vessels discovered fourteen merchantmen at anchor in the little harbour of Morgiou, between Marseilles and Toulon, and at night, Lieutenant Isaac Shaw, and Lieutenants (R.M.) William Burton and Harry Hunt, went in with the boats to cut out the convoy. Landing at Sourmiou, to the westward of the port, the party marched across the hills, and, on the morning of the 31st, carried two batteries in the rear of the place, destroying the guns and ammunition. Other boats, under Lieutenant Dey Richard Syer, in spite of the opposition of two field-pieces, brought out eleven vessels laden with oil, and destroyed some more. The service was performed with a loss of 1 killed and 4 wounded. In addition to those already named, Midshipman Christopher Wyvill is mentioned in terms of great praise.

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