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Action of 1809-03-12

12th March 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Proserpine 28.2.1809
Next action : Capture of the Niémen 5.4.1809


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Topaze (32) 1793-1814
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Anselm John GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1841
Kingfisher (16) 1804-1816
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Ewell TrittonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1813

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Danae (44) 1807-1812
French 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Henri d'Escorches de Sainte-CroixFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1810
La Flore (40) 1806-1811
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Alexandre LambertFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1806

Notes on Action

On March 12th, the Topaze, 36, Captain Anselm John Griffiths, and Kingfisher, 18, Commander Ewell Tritton, chased and attacked the French frigates Danae, 40, and Flore, 40, in the Adriatic. In spite of their great inferiority in force, the British vessels escaped loss or serious damage. It can only be conjectured that the French frigates had received orders not to fight, or were upon some important mission.

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Posted by Makis on Tuesday 6th of February 2018 14:10

Captain of La Flore was Alexandre Lambert.
Captain of La Danae was Henri-Louis Descorches de Sainte-Croix.
The French frigates left Toulon bound to Corfu, by Napoleon's order, with stores and ammunition.

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