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
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Squadron, Samuel Hood (1762-1814)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Centaur (74) Bendall Robert LittlehalesFleet Flagship
Courageux (74) John Oakes Hardy
Chichester (68)  
Argo (22) Benjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)
Ulysses (20) Edward Henry Columbine (1763-1811)
Emerald (36) James O'Bryen
Venus (32)  
Brilliant (28) Adam Mackenzie (d.1823)
Heureux (22) Loftus Otway Bland (d.1810)
Osprey (18) George Younghusband (1776-1806)
Port Mahon (18) Walter Grossett (d.1847), Martin Neville (d.1803)
Cyane (18) Murray Maxwell
Hornet (16) Peter Hunt
Netley (16) John Lawrence, William Sanders

Notes on Action

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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