Action near Etaples

31st October 1803
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Bombardment of Calais 27.9.1803
Next action : Capture of the Albion 3.11.1803 - 4.11.1803


Great Britain

British Vessels, Robert Honeyman
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Leda (38) Robert Honeyman, Robert HoneymanFleet Flagship
Lark (16) John Tower
Harpy (16) Edmund Heywood
Admiral Mitchell (12)  5 wounded

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French Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes

Notes on Action

On October 31st 1803, while working in towards the shore near Etaples, Captain Honyman [in the Leda], who had with him the sloops Lark and Harpy, saw a gun-brig and six schooners and sloops coming out of port and making for Boulogne. He ordered the Lark and Harpy to chase; but ere they could get up with the enemy, the hired cutter Admiral Mitchell, 12, Lieutenant Alexander Shippard, being already off Boulogne, intervened to such good effect that, although she had to contend with a land battery at Le Portel as well as with the vessels, she succeeded, after an engagement of two hours and a half, in driving ashore the gun-brig and one of the sloops. The Admiral Mitchell was a good deal cut about aloft, had a carronade dismounted, and had several shot in her hull; but she had only five men wounded.


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