Capture of Desirade

30th March 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Battle of Zealand Point 22.3.1808
Next action : Action off Rota 4.4.1808


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Cerberus (32) William Selby (d.1811)
Lilly (18) William Henry Shirreff (1785-1847)
Pelican (16) William Ward
Swinger (12) William Bennett (d.1819), Thomas Bourdon Fellows
Mosambique (10) John Jackson
Express (6) Humphrey Fleming Senhouse (1781-1841), William Dowers

Notes on Action

On March 30th the Cerberus, accompanied by two sloops, two brigs, and a schooner, [Lily, 18: Pelican, 16; Express, 6; Swinger, 14; and Mozambique, 14] appeared off the island. The boats of the squadron, under Commander William Henry Shirreff, of the Lily, approached under a smart fire, which, however, was soon silenced by the guns of the Cerberus a-nd her consorts, and by 4.30 P.M. the island had surrendered. 4 It was not deemed worth while to hold it. Its batteries not very formidable ones were, therefore, destroyed; the place was evacuated; and the Lily, with the brig Express and the schooner Mozambique, was left to cruise under Commander Shirreff for its protection, and to prevent it from being re-garrisoned from Guadeloupe.


TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

Previous comments on this pageno comments to display
Make a comment about this page

Recent comments to other pages

Date postedByPage
Monday 18th of November 2019 14:15ERIC DELEMERFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'L'Aréthuse' (1791) (38)
Monday 18th of November 2019 10:37Eric DelemerVirginie Class
Monday 18th of November 2019 09:57CyCharles Fanshawe (d.1757)
Sunday 17th of November 2019 23:09Guineith IsaacsCharles Fanshawe (d.1757)
Sunday 17th of November 2019 19:51Albert ParkerLord Alexander Ogilvy (bef.1718-1746)