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Wizard vs Requin

10th May 1808 - 14th May 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1808-05-07 7.5.1808
Next action : Action at Bergen 15.5.1808


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Wizard (16) 1805-1816
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Abel FerrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1812
1 killed, 5 wounded

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Requin (16) 1806-1808
French 16 Gun
Unrated Brig-Corvette
C. E. BerarFrench
Naval Sailor

Notes on Action

On May 10th, the Wizard, 16, Commander Abel Ferris, sighted and chased, to the south of Toulon, the Requin, 16, Commander C. E. Berar, and, after a long pursuit, engaged her in close action on the morning of the llth. The Requin fired high and inflicted sufficiently severe injuries to be able to draw away from her adversary. The British crew refitted their ship, and, on the morning of the 12th, were near enough to the Requin to open a long range fire. The firing killed the breeze, and the Requin drew ahead once more; but the Wizard stuck to her enemy all the 12th and 13th, now gaining and now losing ground, and exchanging shots whenever near enough for the guns to carry. On the 14th, however, the Requin entered the neutral harbour of Goletta in Tunis, and the pursuit ceased, having continued through 88 hours over 369 miles of sea. The Requin was ultimately taken on July 28th, to the north of Corsica, on her way back from Tunis to Toulon, by the Volage, 22, Captain Philip Lewis J - Rosenhagen, after a long chase. The Wizard's total loss was 1 killed and 5 wounded; the Requin's is unknown.

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