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Attack off Anzio

5th October 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Alphea vs Renard 9.9.1813
Next action : Attack on Ragusa 11.10.1813 - 13.10.1813

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Edinburgh (74) 1811-1865
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
George DundasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
,
Thomas Francis Charles MainwaringBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1813
,
Thomas UssherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1846
,
John Lampen ManleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1814
Fleet Flagship
Resistance (38) 1805-1858
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Fleetwood Broughton Reynolds PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1822
Imperieuse (38) 1804-1838
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1805 Renamed "Imperieuse"
Henry DuncanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1822
Eclair (16) 1807-1831
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John BellamyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1809-1815
Swallow (16) 1805-1815
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Edward Reynolds SiblyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1814
Pylades (16) 1794-1815
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James WemyssBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1814
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On the morning of October 5th, the Edinburgh, 74, Captain George Heneage Lawrence Dundas, Imperieuse, 38, Captain the Hon. Henry Duncan, Resistance, 38, Captain Meetwood Broughton Reynolds Pellew, Swallow, 16, Commander Edward Reynolds Sibly, Eclair, 16, Commander John Bellamy, and Pylades, 16, Commander James Erskine Wemyss, assembled off Anzio, where lay a convoy of 29 sail, which had previously been watched for some days by Captain Duncan. The place was defended by two batteries, each mounting three heavy guns, on the mole, by a tower to the northward, with one gun, and by a two-gun battery covering the mole. At 1.30 P.M. the ships bore up and took station, the Imperieuse and Resistance opposite the mole, the Swallow against the tower, and the Eclair and Pylades against the covering battery, supported by the Edinburgh. They opened fire simultaneously by signal; and, soon afterwards, a detachment of seamen, under Lieutenant Stannard Raton Travers, and Marines under Captain (R.M.) Thomas Mitchell, 3 landed under the south, or covering battery, which Travers immediately carried. Another party, under Lieutenant David Mapleton, having taken possession of the mole head, the entire convoy was brought out, and the works were then blown up. The ships were but little injured, and there was no loss of life on the British side. Duncan had been provided with very valuable information concerning the strength of Anzio by Lieutenant Travers, who, a few nights earlier, had landed with a boat's crew, stormed a tower, and brought off the garrison as prisoners.


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