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


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Wanderer (18) Edward Crofton
Subtle (10) Charles Nicholson, George Augustus Spearing (1779-1808), Charles Browne (d.1812)
Ballahoo (4) Thomas Murray

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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