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Attack on Caldagues Bay

30th December 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action at St Pierre 12.12.1808 - 13.12.1808
Next action : Evacuation at Corunna 1.1809


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Imperieuse (38) 1804-1838
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1805 Renamed "Imperieuse"
Thomas John CochraneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1856
Thomas CochraneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1857
No casulaties

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Gauloise (7) 1808-1808
French 7 Gun
Unrated Cutter
La Julie (5) 1808-1808
French 5 Gun
Unrated Cutter

Notes on Action

The Imperieuse, 38, Captain Lord Cochrane, sailed into Caldagues Bay, where were several French vessels laden with supplies for the besieged garrison of Barcelona. In spite of the fire of a battery, and of the French Gauloise, 7, and Julie, 5, Cochrane sank the two vessels; with a landing-party captured the battery; and took possession of 11 ships laden with provisions all this without loss to his crew. The two French vessels were then raised

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