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 Collier (1774-1824)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Surveillante (36) Sir George Ralph Collier (1774-1824)Fleet Flagship
Ajax (74) Sir Robert Lawrie (6th Baronet of Maxwelton) (1746-1848), Robert Waller Otway (1770-1846)
Freya (22) William Isaac Scott
President (38) Francis Mason (1779-?)
Revolutionaire (36) John Charles Woolcombe
Andromache (36) George Tobin (1768-1838)
Magicienne (36) William Gordon
Royalist (16) James John Gordon Bremer (1786-1850)
Sparrow (16) Joseph Needham Tayler
Beagle (16) John Smith
Despatch (16) James Galloway
Challenger (16) Frederick Vernon
Constant (12) John Stokes
Nimble (12) Peter Williams
Lyra (10) John Campbell
Holly (10) Samuel Sharp Treacher (d.1814)
Juniper (10) Nathaniel Vassall
Gunboat No. 14 (3)  
Gunboat No. 16 (3) Edward Knapman (1794-?)

Notes on Action

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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