Action on the Tuscan coast
4th July 1811 - 5th July 1811
Notes on ActionDescriptionTRN5At daylight on July 4th, Captain Edwin Henry Chamberlayne, of the Unite, 36, sent in his boats, under Lieutenant Joseph William Crabb, to cut out an armed brig which lay in Porto Ercole, on the Tuscan coast. The brig, which was the St. Francois de Paule, mounted 8 guns, and was protected by a couple of 8-prs. on the beach: and, as the wind was so variable that Chamberlayne could not carry out his original intention of closing to co-operate, he finally sent his launch, under Lieutenant - John M'Dougall, in support; but ere she was able to assist, the other boats, which had suffered no loss, were bringing out the brig from under a brisk fire of grape. That evening the Cephalus, 18, Commander Augustus William James Clifford, joined; and the two vessels stood along the coast to the south-east. Early next morning they discovered several vessels at anchor between Civita Vecchia and the mouth of the Tiber. The ships closed and drove the garrison out of a 4-gun battery; and the boats, under Clifford and the officers already named, then went in and brought out, again without loss, three merchantmen.