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Attack on the Garotta

23rd April 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action off Rota 4.4.1808
Next action : Action of 1808-05-07 7.5.1808

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Nymphe (36) 1780-1810
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Blossom (18) 1806-1848
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
George PigotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1808
 

Empire Français

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Garotta (20) 1808-1809
French 20 Gun
6th Rate
 
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
Captain Conway Shipley, of the Nymphe, 36, with the boats of the Nymphe and Blossom; 18, Commander George Pigot, attempted to carry the Garrota, 20, a Portuguese naval vessel which had been seized by the French, and which was lying just above Belem. The boats, when they closed to board, found that the Garrota had the support not only of the guns of Belern Castle, but also of a formidable floating battery. Moreover, the tide was ebbing at the rate of seven knots, so that the men were much exhausted. Shipley was shot dead whilst attempting to gain the Garrota's deck, and fell into the water. His brother Charles, who was not a naval officer, ordered the boat's crew to shove off and pick up the body; and, in attempting to do this, she fouled a cutter and drove her into one of the launches. Owing to this unwarrantable interference, the whole attack fell into confusion; and the boats, unable to row against the tremendous current, retired with 1 killed, besides Shipley, and 2 wounded.


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Posted by José Paulo Berger on Friday 12th of August 2016 22:21

Not "Garrota", but "Gaivota Real".

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