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Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago

21st June 1803 - 1st July 1803
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1803-06-14 14.6.1803
Next action : Capture of the Bacchante 25.6.1803

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
British Squadron,
Samuel HoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1814
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Centaur (74) 1797-1819
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Bendall Robert LittlehalesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1830
Fleet Flagship
Courageux (74) 1800-1832
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
John Oakes HardyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1806
Argo (22) 1781-1816
British 22 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Benjamin HallowellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1818
Ulysses (20) 1779-1816
British 20 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Edward Henry ColumbineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1798
Emerald (36) 1795-1836
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
James O'BryenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1825
Venus (32) 1758-1828
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1807 Renamed "Heroine"
 
Brilliant (28) 1779-1811
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Adam MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1823
Heureux (22) 1799-1806
British 22 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
Loftus Otway BlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1808
Osprey (18) 1797-1813
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
George YounghusbandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1806
Port Mahon (18) 1798-1837
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Walter GrossettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-9999
,
Martin NevilleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1803
Cyane (18) 1796-1805
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Murray MaxwellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1826
Hornet (16) 1794-1817
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Peter HuntBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1804
Netley (16) 1798-1806
British 16 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
John LawrenceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1805
,
William SandersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1810
Chichester (44) 1785-1815
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On June 21st, 1803, Commodore Samuel Hood, in the Centaur, 74, Captain Bendall Robert Littlehales, with the Courageux, 74, Captain Benjamin Hallowell, and several smaller vessels, carrying troops under Lieut. - General Grinfield, anchored in Choc Bay, St. Lucia, at 11 A.M. Before 5 P.M. the troops were disembarked under the direction of Captain Hallowell; half an hour later the French outposts were driven in and the town of Castries was taken; and at 4 A.M. on the 22nd the fortress of Morne Fortunee, which had refused overnight to surrender, was stormed and carried, with a loss to the assailants of twenty killed and one hundred and ten wounded. St. Lucia having been thus easily reduced, the Centaur, with some small craft and troops, sailed on June 25th for Tobago, and on the 31st arrived off the island. The troops were instantly put ashore without loss, and by 4.30 A.M. on the following day General Berthier, the commandant, capitulated. Between that time and the end of September the Dutch colonies of Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice were also captured. No lives were lost in acquiring them, and at Demerara the Batavian corvette Hippomenes, 14, was taken.


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