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Defence of Castro Urdiales

May 1813 - 22nd June 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1813-03-30 30.3.1813
Next action : Attack on Carlopago 15.5.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Royalist (16) 1807-1819
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James John Gordon BremerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1849
Sparrow (16) 1805-1816
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Joseph Needham TaylerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1813
Lyra (10) 1808-1818
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1813

Notes on Action

The British squadron co-operating with the patriots on the north coast of Spain was under the orders of Sir George Ralph Collier, of the Surveillante, 38, who, in May 1813, when Castro Urdiales was pressed by the French, detached the Lyra, 10, Commander Robert Bloye, Royalist, 18, Commander James John Gordon Bremer, and Sparrow, 16, Commander Joseph Needham Tayler, to assist in defending the place. The enemy, however, was in too great force, and the British officers were fortunate in being able to bring off the garrison of about 1150 men, and convey it safely to Bermeo. In performing this service the squadron had 10 people wounded, including Lieutenant Samuel Kentish, and Midshipman Charles Thomas Sutton. Castro Urdiales was then rigorously blockaded, until, on June 22nd, the French evacuated it, after committing horrible excesses, and retired to Santona. Commander Joseph Needhain Tayler took possession of, and garrisoned the castle.

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