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Action of 1810-09-27

27th September 1810
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Ceylon 17.9.1810 - 18.9.1810
Next action : Capture of the Sans Souci 14.10.1810


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Caledonia (120) 1808-1875
British 120 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
1856 Renamed "Dreadnought"
William BedfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1814
Fleet Flagship
Valiant (74) 1759-1826
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Armide (38) 1806-1815
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Richard Dalling DunnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790

Notes on Action

On the night of September 27th 1810, three French brigs lay under a strong battery on Pointe du Che, in Basque Road. They were further protected by four field-pieces on the beach, and by a considerable force of cavalry and infantry. It was determined to attack them, and, with that object, the boats of the Caledonia, 120, flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, Bart., Valiant, 74, Captain Robert Dudley Oliver, and Armide, 38, Captain Richard Calling Dunn, were sent in under Lieutenant Arthur Philip Hamilton. In the small hours of the 28th, a body of Royal Marines, under Captains Thomas Sherman and Archibald M'Lachlan, R.M., Lieutenants John Coulter and John Couche, R.M., and Lieutenant Robert John Little, R.M.A., was landed by the boats. The battery was quickly carried; the guns were spiked; the French troops were charged and deprived of one of their field-pieces; and, in the meantime, the seamen took two of the brigs and destroyed the third. The entire force was then withdrawn, with a loss of but two (including Lieutenant Little) wounded. The French had 14 killed in the battery alone.

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