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Capture of Santa Maura

21st March 1810 - 8th April 1810
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1810-02-09 9.2.1810
Next action : Action at the castle of Terracina 25.4.1810


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Magnificent (74) 1806-1843
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
George EyreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1825
Montagu (74) 1779-1818
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard Hussey MoubrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1821
Belle Poule (38) 1806-1818
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
James BrisbaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1826
Leonidas (36) 1807-1897
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Anselm John GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1841
Imogen (16) 1805-1817
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William StephensBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1813

Notes on Action


Immediately after Lord Collingwood's death, and while Rear-Admiral George Martin held temporary command, a successful expedition was undertaken against the island of Santa Maura, one of the Ionian group, which, with Corfu, still remained in French hands. The force employed for the purpose consisted of the Magnificent, 74, Captain George Eyre, Belle Poule, 38, Captain James Brisbane, Imogene, 16, Commander William Stephens, three gunboats, and five transports, subsequently joined by the Leonidas, 38, Captain Anselm John Griffiths, which, pending the assemblage of the squadron, cruised to prevent supplies from reaching the island from Corfu, and by the Montagu, 74, Captain Richard Hussey Moubray, which was detained by an accident to her rudder.

The main part of the squadron left Zante early in the morning of March 21st, and arrived off Santa Maura in the evening. It had on board a body of troops under Brigadier-General Oswald. Early on the 22nd, a landing was effected under cover of the Imogene and gunboats, and a strong position was secured ashore, though not until Captains Eyre and Stephens had been wounded. On April 8th the batteries were opened against the fortress, which capitulated on the 16th, after the British had sustained a loss of 24 killed, 127 wounded, and 17 missing.

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