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Attack at Chiliodromia

5th June 1813
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1813-05-27 27.5.1813
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Kite (16) 1805-1815
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
George CanningBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1814

Notes on Action

More than once in the course of 1812 and 1813 did Lieutenant George Canning, acting Commander of the Kite, 16, come into conflict in the Mediterranean with Turkish subjects, whom, rightly or wrongly, he believed to be pirates, but whom he failed to prove to be so. His proceedings, dictated no doubt by somewhat mis-directed zeal, ended on June 5th, 1813, in a serious catastrophe. He attacked some supposed pirates on the island of Chiliodromia, in the northern Sporades, and sent in his boats to destroy their vessels. The natives, who had taken up positions on commanding heights, attacked the party by rolling down huge boulders on it, the result being that, out of 40 officers and men employed, no fewer than 20 were killed and 18 wounded, among the former being Lieutenant C Williams. Canning was superseded on July 23rd, but promoted on June 15th, 1814.

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