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) Sir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)Fleet Flagship
Ramillies (74) Richard Grindall
Ajax (74) Alexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832)
Canada (76) The Hon. Michael de Courcy (d.1824), The Hon. Michael de Courcy (d.1824)
Terrible (74) William Wolseley (1756-1842)
 
British Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Fisgard (44) Thomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)
Diamond (38) Edward Griffith (1767-1832)
Amelia (38) The Hon. Charles Herbert (1774-1808)
Amethyst (36) John Cooke (1762-1805)
Doris (36) Lord Charles Jones (Viscount Ranelagh) (d.1800)
Thames (32) William Lukin
Cynthia (18) Micajah Malbon2 killed, 1 wounded
 
British Troop transports

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

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Diadem (64) Sir Thomas Livingston
Europa (50) James Stevenson
Inconstant (20) John Ayscough (1775-1864), John Ayscough (1775-1864)
Thisbe (18) John Morrison (d.1806)
Cyclops (16) John Fyffe (d.1835)
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
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.

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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