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Action of 1810-07-25

25th July 1810
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action near Studtland 22.7.1810 - 23.7.1810
Next action : Battle of Mauritius 23.8.1810


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Thames (32) 1805-1816
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Granville George WaldegraveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1841
Pilot (16) 1807-1828
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John Toup NicolasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1850
Weazle (16) 1805-1815
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop

Kingdom of Naples

Convoy Escort,
Giovanni CaraccioloNeapolitan
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1879
Ship NameCommanderNotes

Notes on Action

At dawn on July 25th, the Thames, 32, Captain the Hon. Granville George Waldegrave, and Pilot, 18, Commander John Toup Nicolas, were standing along the Calabrian coast, when, off Amantea, there appeared the Weazel, 18, Commander Henry Prescott, signalling the presence of an enemy's convoy, which, as afterwards shown, consisted of thirty-two transports intended for Murat's army at Scilla, escorted by seven gunboats, four armed vessels, and an armed pinnace, the whole under Commander Giovanni Caracciolo. Upon the approach of the British, the transports ran themselves ashore under the batteries, and the other craft drew up in line to protect their charges. As soon as he could get within grape-shot range, Waldegrave drove the Neapolitans from their ships, and then anchored. Without delay, the boats, under Commander Prescott, and Lieutenants Thomas John James William Davis, Edward Collier, Francis Molesworth, Francis Charles Annesley, and George Penruddock, pushed off, and, in spite of entrenchments and a heavy fire, brought away all the vessels except two transports, two armed vessels, and one gunboat. The British lost only 1 killed and 6 wounded.

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