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Landing at Sint Maarten

3rd July 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Attack at Santander 22.6.1808
Next action : Action of 5th July 1808 5.7.1808


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Wanderer (18) 1806-1817
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Edward CroftonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1814
Subtle (10) 1807-1812
British 10 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Charles NicholsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1808
George Augustus SpearingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1808
Charles BrowneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1812
Ballahoo (4) 1804-1814
British 4 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Thomas MurrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1808

Notes on Action

On the night of July 3rd, Commander Edward Lowther Crofton, of the Wanderer, 18, who had with him the Subtle, 4, Lieutenant George Augustus Spearing, and the Ballahou, 4, Lieutenant George Mills, saw fit to land one hundred and thirty-five men, under Lieutenant Spearing, upon the island. The party at first met with trifling loss, and took and spiked six guns in a lower battery, but, ascending to the assault of a fort on higher ground, was met by overwhelming forces and obliged to surrender, after having lost seven killed, including Lieutenant Spearing, and about thirty wounded.

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