Attack on Belize

2nd September 1799 - 10th September 1799
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Seizure of the Dutch Fleet at Vlieter 30.8.1799
Next action : Action at Algoa Bay 20.9.1799


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Merlin (16) William Robinson (d.1801)Fleet Flagship no casualties
Swinger (6)  no casualties
Teazer (6)  no casualties
Mermaid (1)  no casualties
Tickler (1)  no casualties
Towzer (1)  no casualties

Notes on Action

In September 1799, the Spaniards made repeated attacks upon the British settlements in the Gulf of Honduras, and especially upon the approaches to Belize, which was garrisoned by small detachments of the 63rd regiment, and of the 6th West India regiment, under Lieut.-Colonel Thomas Barrow. The only ship of the Royal Navy in the port was the Merlin, 16, Commander John Ralph Moss, but the colony had fitted out and armed the gunboats Tickler, Towzer, and Mermaid, and the schooners Teazer and Swinger, besides eight gun launches; and with this force, under the direction of Captain Moss, the vastly superior Spanish flotilla was beaten back on September 3rd, 4th, and 5th, off Montego Key; on the 6th, off St. George's Key; and on the 10th, in the same neighbourhood. On the British side no one was hurt. The Spaniards, whose loss is unknown, remained off Key Chapel until the 15th, when they retired, some going to Bacalar and some to Campeche. They appear to have employed in these futile operations about twenty schooners and sloops and about ten transports and victuallers, having on board five hundred seamen and nearly two thousand troops.

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