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Operation in Quiberon Bay

1st June 1800 - 6th June 1800
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Peterel vs Ligurienne 21.5.1800
Next action : Action of 1800-06-09 9.6.1800

 

Great Britain

 
British Ships of the line
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Impetueux (74) 1794-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1795 Renamed "Impetueux"
Sir Edward PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
Fleet Flagship
Ramillies (74) 1785-1850
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard GrindallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
Ajax (74) 1798-1807
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Alexander Inglis CochraneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1830
Canada (76) 1765-1834
British 76 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
The Hon. Michael de CourcyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
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The Hon. Michael de CourcyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
Terrible (74) 1785-1836
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
William WolseleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1819
 
British Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Fisgard (44) 1797-1814
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Thomas Byam MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1785-1849
Diamond (38) 1794-1812
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Edward GriffithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1821
Amelia (38) 1796-1816
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
The Hon. Charles HerbertBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1805
Amethyst (36) 1799-1811
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John CookeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1794
Doris (36) 1795-1805
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Lord Charles Jones (Viscount Ranelagh)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1796
Thames (32) 1796-1803
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William LukinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
Cynthia (18) 1796-1809
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Micajah MalbonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1806
2 killed, 1 wounded
 
British Troop transports

Carrying the 2nd, 20th, 36th, 82nd, and 92nd regiments, and two hundred artillerymen.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Diadem (64) 1782-1832
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Sir Thomas LivingstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1830
Europa (50) 1783-1814
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
James StevensonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1801
Inconstant (20) 1783-1817
British 20 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John AyscoughBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1849
Thisbe (18) 1783-1815
British 18 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
John MorrisonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1801
Cyclops (16) 1779-1814
British 16 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
John FyffeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1815
 

Notes on Action


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On June 1st 1800... Captain Sir Edward Pellew, in the Impetueux, 78, with the Ramillies, 74, Captain Richard Grindall; Ajax, 80, Captain the Hon. Alexander Inglis Cochrane; Canada, 74, Captain the Hon. Michael de Courcy, Terrible, 74, Captain William Wolseley; Captain, 74, Captain Sir Richard John Strachan; Fishguard, 74, Captain Thomas Byam Martin; Amelia, 44, Captain the Hon. Charles Herbert, Amethyst, 38, Captain John Cooke, Diamond, 38, Captain Edward Griffith; Doris, 36, Captain Viscount Eanelagh; Thames, 32, Captain William Lukin; and Cynthia, 16, Commander Micajah Malbon; together with the Diadem, 64, Captain Sir Thomas Livingstone, Bart.; Europa, 50, Captain James Stevenson; Inconstant, 36, Commander John Ayscough; Thisbe, 28, Commander John Morrison; and Cyclops, 28, Commander John Fyffe, armed en flute, and having on board the 2nd, 20th, 36th, 82nd, and 92nd regiments, and two hundred artillerymen under Major-General Maitland. This squadron was directed to co-operate with the insurgent French Royalists in the Morbihan; and with that object it anchored in Quiberon Bay on June 2nd. On the 4th, the Thames and Cynthia attacked and silenced some forts, which were afterwards destroyed by a landing party, the Cynthia losing two killed and one wounded; and early on the 6th, a body of troops, acting with a division of boats under Lieutenant John Pilfold, of the Impetueux, burnt the Insolente, 18, carried off several small craft and about one hundred prisoners, destroyed some guns, and blew up a magazine, only one seaman being killed. It was intended to attack Belle Isle; but the garrison of that island was found to be very strong, and the idea was therefore abandoned. The troops from the squadron were eventually landed on the island of Houat, whence they were re-embarked later and conveyed to the Mediterranean.


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