Action at Las Palmas

8th May 1807
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Escape of the Spartan 5.1807
Next action : Action of 1807/08/07 6.8.1807 - 7.8.1807


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Comus (22) Conway Shipley (d.1808) 1 killed, 5 wounded

Notes on Action

three boats of the Comus rowed in, in the evening, to capture a large felucca lying in Las Palmas harbour under the guns of a fort and two batteries. The cutter, under Lieutenant George Edward Watts, outstripped the other boats, singly dashed at the felucca under a severe fire, and boarded her, the Spaniards being almost driven from the deck before the two laggards arrived. The vessel was carried, and the boats tried to take her in tow; but she was kept back by a hawser which had been made fast under water astern, and led into the fort. Before this hawser could be discovered and cut, she had been hauled almost to the muzzles of the Spanish guns. She was got away, however, and carried off to the Comus, with a loss to the British of only 1 killed and 5 wounded.

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