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 d'Hautpoult 14.3.1809 - 17.3.1809


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Topaze (32) Anselm John Griffiths (d.1842)
Kingfisher (16) Ewell Tritton

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Danae (44) Henri d'Escorches de Sainte-Croix (1777-1810)
La Flore (40) Alexandre Lambert (1768-1809)

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.


TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

Previous comments on this page

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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