Attack on Leogane

21st March 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action off Pointe du Raz 20.3.1796
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Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Leviathan (74) John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817)
Swiftsure (74) Robert Parker (d.1797)
Africa (64) Roddam Home (d.1801)
Ceres (32) James Newman (d.1811)
Iphigenia (32) Francis Farington Gardner (d.1821)
Cormorant (16) Joseph Bingham
Lark (16) William Ogilvy

Notes on Action

On the Jamaica station, where Rear-Admiral William Parker commanded, the Navy co-operated in an attack, made by the troops under Major-General Forbes from Port au Prince, San Domingo, upon Leogane, in the same island. The forces were landed on March 21st, under the fire of the Ceres, 32, Captain James Newman Newman, Lark, 16, Commander William Ogilvy, Iphigenia, 32, Captain Francis Farrington Gardner, Cormorant, 18, Commander Francis Collingwood, and Sirene, 16, Commander Daniel Guerin; and the town and works were simultaneously cannonaded by the Leviathan, 74, Captain John Thomas Duckworth, Africa, 64, Captain Roddam Home, and Swiftsure, 74, Captain Robert Parker. But the place proved stronger than had been anticipated, and, the Leviathan and Africa having been considerably damaged aloft by the guns on shore, the attempt was abandoned.

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