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Action of 1812-05-14

14th May 1812 - 12th May 1812
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Attack at Laigueglia 9.5.1812 - 10.5.1812
Next action : Action off Lorient 22.5.1812


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Thames (32) 1805-1816
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Charles John NapierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1853
Pilot (16) 1807-1828
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John Toup NicolasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1850

Notes on Action

On May 14th, the Thames, 32, Captain Charles Napier, accompanied by the Pilot, 18, Commander John Toup Nicolas, opened a heavy fire upon a tower and battery at Sapri, in the Gulf of Policastro, and, after two hours, obliged the small garrison to surrender. When a landing had been effected, twenty-eight vessels, laden with oil, were found and brought off, and the battery was blown up. The Marines of the Pilot rendered good service under acting Master Roger Langlands, who, apparently in consequence of Napier's recommendation, was promoted to a lieutenancy on July 24th following.

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