Action of 1811-07-21

21st July 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action off Cape Sicie 19.7.1811
Next action : Action in the Indramayo 31.7.1811


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Thames (32) Granville George Waldegrave (1786-1857), Charles John Napier (1786-1860)
Cephalus (16) Sir Augustus William James Clifford

Notes on Action

On July 21st, the Thames, 32, Captain Charles Napier, joined the Cephalus, off Porto del Infreschi, into which the latter had, on the previous day, driven a French convoy of 26 sail, of which 11 were gunboats, mounting among them 13 guns. The Cephalus, followed by the Thames, stood in, anchored, and opened fire, being replied to by the gunboats, a round tower on shore, and a body of troops. The opposition was, however, soon silenced; and the boats, under Clifford, then took possession of the convoy, while the Marines, under Lieutenant David M'Adams, E.M., landed and stormed the tower, capturing 80 prisoners. The only loss was 4 wounded.

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