Attack off Anzio

5th October 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Edinburgh (74) George Dundas, Thomas Francis Charles Mainwaring, Thomas Ussher (1779-1848), John Lampen ManleyFleet Flagship
Resistance (38) Fleetwood Broughton Reynolds Pellew
Imperieuse (38) Henry Duncan (1786-1835)
Eclair (16) John Bellamy
Swallow (16) Edward Reynolds Sibly
Pylades (16) James Wemyss

Notes on Action

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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