Operations in the Elbe

7th July 1809 - 8th July 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Furieuse 5.7.1809 - 6.7.1809
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Flottila, William Goate
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Aimable (32) George Stuart
Musquito (16) William GoateFleet Flagship
Briseis (10) Robert Pettet
Ephira (10) William J Hughes, George Edward Watts

Notes on Action

On July 7th 1809, a squadron of ten small British craft, under Commander William Goate, of the Mosquito, 18, proceeded into the Elbe, presumably with the intention of copperating with the German insurgents under the Duke of Brunswick, who was at Zwickau with a guerilla force. The flotilla anchored off Cuxhaven, and, on the 8th, landed a strong party which captured the town, hoisted the flags of Great Britain and of Hamburg, and destroyed the French batteries. The force then re-embarked. On the 29th, a detachment was landed from the same vessels and from the Aimable, 32, Captain Lord George Stuart, for the purpose of cutting off a small body of French troops which had shown itself near Cuxhaven. The landing-party advanced as far as Geestendorf, captured and destroyed a French battery, and returned to the ship with a great quantity of merchandise which had been seized and confiscated by the enemy. In these operations Commanders William Goate, Robert Pettet (Briseis), and George Edward Watts (Ephira), greatly distinguished themselves.

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