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Reduction of San Sebastien

10th July 1813 - 8th September 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Attack on Fiume 3.7.1813
Next action : Attack on the harbour of Kovigno 2.8.1813

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
British Squadron,
Sir George Ralph CollierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1820
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Surveillante (36) 1803-1814
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Sir George Ralph CollierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1820
Fleet Flagship
Ajax (74) 1809-1864
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Sir Robert Lawrie (6th Baronet of Maxwelton)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1846
,
Robert Waller OtwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1841
Freya (22) 1807-1816
British 22 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William Isaac ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1814
President (38) 1806-1815
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1815 Renamed "Piedmontaise"
Francis MasonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1843
Revolutionaire (36) 1794-1822
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John Charles WoolcombeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1815
Andromache (36) 1799-1828
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1812 Renamed "Andromache"
George TobinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1837
Magicienne (36) 1812-1845
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
William GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1828
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
Beagle (16) 1804-1814
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1813
Despatch (16) 1812-1836
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James GallowayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1814
Challenger (16) 1813-1824
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Frederick VernonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1809-1824
Constant (12) 1801-1816
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
John StokesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1815
Nimble (12) 1813-1816
British 12 Gun
Unrated Cutter
Peter WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1814
Lyra (10) 1808-1818
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1813
Holly (10) 1809-1814
British 10 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Samuel Sharp TreacherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1814
Juniper (10) 1809-1814
British 10 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Nathaniel VassallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
Gunboat No. 14 (3) 1808-1815
British 3 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
 
Gunboat No. 16 (3) 1808-1815
British 3 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
Edward KnapmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1812-1813
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
Collier's force also co-operated with General Graham in the reduction of San Sebastian, a detachment of seamen being landed on July 10th, under the orders of Lieutenant Dowell O'Reilly. On August 31st, two divisions of boats, under Commanders James Galloway and Robert Bloye, were sent to make a diversion, while some of the .men-of-war stood into the harbour, and a general assault was made from the land side. These combined movements resulted in the occupation of the town, early in the afternoon, though the citadel still held out. That day Commander John Smith, of the Beagle, and three or four seamen, were wounded. On September 8th, the batteries opened on the citadel; and, in a very short time, terms of capitulation were proposed and agreed to. In these operations, in addition to the vessels above named, the Ajax, 74, Captain Robert Waller Otway, Revolutionnaire, 38, Captain John Charles Woollcombe, Freja, 36, Commander William Isaac Scott, Andromache, 36, Captain George Tobin, President, 38, Captain Francis Mason, Dispatch, 18, Commander James Galloway, Challenger, 18, Commander Frederick Edward Venables Vernon, Magicienne, 36, Captain the Hon. William Gordon, Constant, 12, Lieutenant John Stokes, schooners Holly, and Juniper, Lieutenant Nathaniel Vassall, cutter Nimble, and two gunboats (Nos. 14 and 16) took part. Among the officers mentioned as having distinguished themselves were Lieutenants the Hon. James Arbuthnot and Robert Graham Dunlop, and Midshipmen Digby Marsh, George Harvey, Henry Bloye, and William Lawson.


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