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Destruction of the Filibustier

13th October 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Attack on Ragusa 11.10.1813 - 13.10.1813
Next action : Capture of the Weser 21.10.1813


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
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
Telegraph (12) 1813-1817
British 12 Gun
Unrated Schooner
Timothy ScrivenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1819

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Flibustier (16) 1813-1813
French 16 Gun
Unrated Brig

Notes on Action

In October, the Flibustier, 16, with stores and a few troops on board, lay in St. Jean de Luz, awaiting an opportunity to put to sea. The near approach of Wellington's army obliged her to move; and, on the night of the 12th, she weighed and stood to the S.W. At dawn on the 13th, being then becalmed near the mouth of the Bayonne river, she was seen by the Telegraph, 12, Commander Timothy Scriven, Challenger, 18, Commander Frederick Edward Venables Vernon, and Constant, 12, Lieutenant John Stokes. Before the Telegraph could close, the Flibustier had anchored under some batteries, but at 6.45 P.M. the British vessel began to rake the Frenchman. At about 7, seeing that the other British vessels were approaching, the Flibustier set herself on fire, and, in spite of efforts made to save her, blew up at 8.10. The Telegraph had no casualties.

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