Action of 1807-08-23

23rd August 1807
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Frederikscoarn 16.8.1807
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Weazle (16) John Clavell

Notes on Action

During August 1807, in conformity with the stipulations of the treaty of Tilsit, Corfu was transferred from Russia to France. On August 20th, the first detachment of Neapolitan and French troops landed there. A second force, under General Cesar Berthier, left Otranto on the 22nd. On the 23rd, the Weazel, 18, Commander John Clavell, cruising off Corfu, was informed by the Russians of the change, and at once prepared to proceed to Malta with the news. Whilst on her way she sighted several small craft laden with men making for Corfu. She gave chase, and drove three ashore, capturing four more, on board of which were found 280 French soldiers and the colonel of the 6th Regiment. Joseph Bonaparte magnified the poor little Weazel into "five ships of war." Napoleon was greatly annoyed at the capture, but, in spite Of the British naval superiority, 7400 men were speedily thrown into the Ionian Islands.

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