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Capture of the Ressource

26th October 1803
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Bombardment of Dieppe 14.9.1803
Next action : Capture of the Curieux 3.2.1804

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Osprey's boats,
Robert HendersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1814
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Osprey (18) 1797-1813
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
George YounghusbandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1806
4 wounded
La Ressource (4) 1803-1803
French 4 Gun
Privateer
 2 killed, 12 wounded Captured
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On October 26th, the Osprey, 18, Commander George Younghusband, cruising off Trinidad, chased a suspicious sail. The weather fell calm, and the stranger, using sweeps, drew away. On this, three of the Osprey's boats were despatched under Lieutenant Robert Henderson to secure the vessel. Henderson outstripped the other boats, and, with only seventeen seamen, boarded and carried the enemy, which proved to be the French privateer Resource, four 4-prs. and forty-three men. The Resource had 2 killed and 12 wounded. Of the British, Henderson and four seamen were wounded.


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