Action of 1810-02-09

9th February 1810
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of Guadeloupe 26.1.1810 - 6.2.1810
Next action : Capture of Santa Maura 21.3.1810 - 16.4.1810


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Rainbow (20) James Woolridge10 Wounded
Avon (16) Henry Tillieux Fraser2 killed, 7 wounded

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Néréide (44) Jean François Lemaresquier (1767-1811)

Notes on Action

On February 9th 1810, just after the capture of Guadeloupe by the British, the French frigate Nereide, 40, arrived off Basseterre. She was at once chased by the British squadron lying there, but succeeded in escaping with the loss of a boat which she had sent into the port. On the 13th, however, she was again chased by the Rainbow, 22, Captain James Wooldridge, off San Domingo: and on the 14th, the Avon, 18, Commander Henry Tillieux Fraser, joined in the chase. In the afternoon the Nereide turned on the Rainbow, engaged her in close action, and reduced her sails and rigging to a wreck. The Avon came up and was treated in much the same manner. Leaving her two antagonists in very damaged condition, the Nereide returned to Brest without further incident. The British loss was 10 wounded in the Rainbow, and 2 killed and 7 wounded in the Avon.

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