Attack at Laigueglia

9th May 1812 - 10th May 1812
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Apelles 3.5.1812 - 4.5.1812
Next action : Action of 1812-05-14 14.5.1812 - 12.5.1812


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
America (74) Thomas Ussher (1779-1848), Josias Rowley (1756-1842)
Eclair (16) John Bellamy

Notes on Action

On May 9th, the America, 74, Captain Josias Rowley, Leviathan, 74, Captain Patrick Campbell, and Eclair, 18, Commander John Bellamy, drove a French convoy of eighteen vessels to take refuge under the batteries of Laigueglia, and, on the 10th, early in the morning, landed the Marines, about 250 in number, from the two 74's, under Captains Henry Rea and John Owen, R.M., to take possession of the works and bring out or destroy the craft. Unfortunately, while the landing was being effected, a chance shot from the shore sank the America's yawl, and caused the drowning of 11 men. On land, however, all went well. Captain Owen, R.M., carried a battery of five guns on the right; and the main body of the attack took a battery of four guns and a mortar near the town, and turned the weapons on the enemy, while the fire of the Eclair drove the French from the houses facing the beach. A large force of seamen, under Lieutenants William Richardson , Bourchier Molesworth, Robert Moodie, Alexander Dobbs, and Richard Hambly, was then despatched to bring out the convoy. After considerable exertions, sixteen of the vessels were towed off and one was burnt, the remaining one being too much damaged to be floated. Thereupon, the Marines were re-embarked under cover of the Eclair. Apart from the casualties due to the sinking of the yawl, the losses on this occasion were only 5 killed and 20 wounded.

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