Action of 1811-11-01

1st November 1811 - 2nd November 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1811-10-19 19.10.1811
Next action : Action of 1811-11-29 29.11.1811


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Unite (38) Edwin Henry Chamberlayne
Thames (32) Granville George Waldegrave (1786-1857), Charles John Napier (1786-1860)

Notes on Action

On October 21st, the same frigates came upon ten Neapolitan gunboats, with a number of merchantmen, in the harbour of Palinuro. The defences being strong, Duncan sent the Thames to Sicily with a request to Lieut.-General Maitland for the loan of a detachment of troops. The Thames returned on the 28th with 250 men of the 62nd Regt. under Major Darley. As soon as the weather proved favourable, i.e., on the evening of November 1st, the troops, with the Marines of both frigates, under Lieutenant Eaton Stannard Travers, the whole commanded by Captain Napier, were landed at the rear of the port. A commanding height was gallantly carried under a heavy fire, while the Imperieuse occupied the attention of the gunboats and a battery, although she was able to engage them only at long range. On the morning of the 2nd, finding that little could be accomplished from the land side, Duncan recalled Napier from the shore, and, with both frigates, bore down and ran along the line of gunboats, pouring in a tremendous fire at close range, the result being that two were sunk, and the rest surrendered within a, few minutes. The ships next silenced the fort, and obliged it to haul down its flag, whereupon Travers took possession of it. Its guns, 24-prs., were thrown into the sea; and, in the course of that and the following day, two gunboats were destroyed, the six remaining gunboats, 22 feluccas, and a number of valuable spars were got off, and the troops and Marines were re-embarked, after all the defences had been blown up. This important service was. accomplished with a loss of 5 killed and 11 wounded. Travers, though warmly recommended by Vice- Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, was not made a Commander until June 15th, 1814. He had then been upwards of 100 times engaged with the enemy, and had been in command at the capture of about 60 sail.

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