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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) 1812-1821
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Christopher ColeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1828
Royalist (16) 1807-1819
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James John Gordon BremerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1849
2 killed, 9 wounded
Scylla (16) 1809-1846
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Colin MacDonaldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1846
2 wounded
 

Empire Français

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Weser (44) 1812-1813
French 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 4 killed, 15 wounded Captured
 

Notes on Action


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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.




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