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Action at Pensicola

29th September 1812
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1812/09/21 21.9.1812
Next action : Action of 1813-01-06 6.1.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Minstrel (20) 1807-1817
British 20 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John Strutt PeytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1838
1 wounded, 3 captured

Notes on Action

On the evening of September 29th, having learnt that six French vessels laden with shells for Peniscola lay in the harbour of Valencia, Captain John Strutt Peyton, of the Minstrel, 20, sent in his boats under Lieutenant George Thomas and Midshipmen William Lewis, B S - Oliver, and Charles Thomas Smith, to bring them out. Although the vessels were moored head and stern to the beach between two batteries, Thomas brought out four of them. He took a fifth, but a sudden squall drove her aground, and she was retaken with three of his men in her. His further loss amounted only to 1 man badly wounded.

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