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Action off Calvados

Combat of Arromanches

7th September 1811 - 8th September 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1811-09-06 6.9.1811
Next action : Action off Bolougne 20.9.1811


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hotspur (36) 1810-1821
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Jocelyn PercyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1815
5 killed, 22 wounded
Barbadoes (28) 1803-1812
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Ship
Goshawk (16) 1806-1813
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James LilburneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1812

Empire Français (State Navy) -
François Jourdan de la Passardière French
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1848

Flotilla ,
François Jourdan de la Passardière French
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1848

Boulogne Flotilla of 6 gun-brig with the aid of the 2 guns of the Fort of Arromanches

Ship NameCommanderNotes

Notes on Action

Early in September 1811, Captain Pulteney Malcolm, of the Royal Oak, 74, senior officer off Cherbourg, obtained through deserters certain information, in consequence of which he detached the Barbados, 28, Captain Edward Eushworth, and Goshawk, 16, Commander James Lilburn, to the eastward of Barfleur. On the 7th those vessels fell in with seven French gun-brigs, each carrying three 24-prs. and a mortar, and, attacking them, chased them among the Calvados rocks, driving one ashore. On the 8th, the Hotspur, 36, Captain the Hon. Josceline Percy, arrived off Les Calvados, and, although she grounded under a heavy fire, managed to sink one of the brigs and to drive two more ashore. Unhappily, ere, assisted by the boats of the Barbados and Goshawk, she could get off again, she lost 5 killed, including Midshipmen William Smith and Alexander Hay, and 22 wounded, and was much cut up.

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