Capture of St Lucia

26th April 1796 - 24th May 1796
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture of Demerara, Essequibo and Berbice 23.4.1796 - 2.5.1796
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Great Britain

British Squadron, Hugh Cloberry Christian (1747-1798)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ganges (74) Benjamin Archer (d.1795), Lancelot Skynner (1766-1799), Robert McDougall (1729-1816)
Astraea (32) Richard Lane (d.1799)
Pelican (18) John Clarke Searle
Bulldog (16) Henry George Fownes

Notes on Action

Christian's first object was the reinforcement of St. Lucia. On April 26th, with a squadron, in which was a large body of troops under Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby, he made for that island, off which he arrived on the following morning. A landing was at once effected in Longueville Bay, under the guns of the Ganges, 74, Captain Robert M'Douall, and the Pelican, 18, Commander John Clarke Searle. On the 28th another landing was made in Choc Bay, and, on the 29th, a third, in Anse La Baye. Eight hundred seamen, under Captain Richard Lane, of the Astrcea, 32, and Commander George Frederick Eyves, of the Bulldog, bomb, were then set ashore to co-operate in the projected military operations. Morne Chabot was carried on April 28th; but, on May 3rd, an attack on some batteries, and, on May 17th, an assault on Vigie, were repulsed with heavy loss. The French, however, finally retired to Morne Fortunee; and, on May 24th, the whole island capitulated, 2000 men surrendering. From St. Lucia the expedition went to St. Vincent, which capitulated, after an obstinate resistance, on June llth, and to Grenada, which surrendered a few days later. In June, Christian was relieved in the command of the Leeward Islands' station by Rear-Admiral Henry Harvey, and returned to England in the Beaulieu.

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