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Action of 1809-08-14

14th August 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Walcheren Expedition 28.7.1809 - 12.1809
Next action : Attack at Marie Galante 17.10.1809


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Otter (16) 1805-1828
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Nesbit Josiah WilloughbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1822
1 killed, 1 wounded

Notes on Action

On August 14th, the Otter, 18, Commander Nisbet Josiah Willoughby, discovered three French vessels at anchor under the batteries of Riviere Noire, in Mauritius, and sent in her boats at night, under Lieutenant John Burns, to cut them out. One of the three vessels was boarded and carried; but the alarm was given, and the batteries opened a heavy fire. The prize was found to be so firmly secured to the shore that she could not be brought off, and had to be abandoned. The British boats then retired, with a loss of 1 killed, 1 wounded.

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