Retaking of the Crash

11th August 1799
Part of : The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780 - 1784)
Previous action : Battle of Camperdown 11.10.1797


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Espiegle (16) James Boorder
Pylades (16) Adam Mackenzie (d.1823)
Courier (12) Thomas Searle (1777-1849)

Batavian Republic

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Crash (6)   Captured

Notes on Action

On August 11th, the British sloops, Pylades, 16, Commander Adam Mackenzie, and Espiegle, 16, Captain James Boorder, with the cutter Courier, 10, Lieutenant Thomas Searle, attacked the ex-British brig Crash, 12, which was lying between Schiermonnikoog and the Dutch mainland. The Courier led, followed by the other two, and after a fifty minutes' action the Dutch flag was hauled down. The British loss was three killed or wounded.

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