Capture of the Weser

21st October 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Destruction of the Filibustier 13.10.1813
Next action : Surrender of Cattaro 5.1.1814


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Rippon (74) Christopher Cole (1770-1836)
Royalist (16) James John Gordon Bremer (1786-1850)2 killed, 9 wounded
Scylla (16) Colin MacDonald2 wounded

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Weser (44)  4 killed, 15 wounded Captured

Notes on Action


On September 30th 1813, the Franco-Batavian frigates Trave, 40, and Weser, 40, put to sea from the Texel for a cruise to the Azores. On October 16th, they were separated by a gale which dismasted both of them. On the 18th, the Weser, then off Ushant, making for Brest, was found by the Scylla, 18, Commander Colin M'Donald, which repeatedly hailed, received a broadside, and then made sail ahead.

On the 20th, the Scylla fell in with the Royalist, 18, Commander James John Gordon Bremer; and the two sloops together went in search of the enemy. They discovered her in a few hours, and, at 3.30 P.M. brought her to action. In an hour and a half they were so cut up that they had to haul off to refit; but on the following morning they renewed the action, and the Ripon, 74, Captain Sir Christopher Cole, then nearing, the Weser struck, and was taken possession of by the Royalist. The Scylla had 2 men wounded, and the Royalist, 2 killed and 9 wounded, including Lieutenant James Waring, and Master William Wilson. The Weser had 4 killed and 15 wounded.


TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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