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Action off Bolougne

3rd September 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action in the Gironde 24.8.1811
Next action : Action of 1811-09-06 6.9.1811


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Redpole (10) 1808-1828
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Colin MacDonaldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1846
Rinaldo (10) 1808-1835
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James AndersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1815

Notes on Action

On September 3rd, some movement was observed among the vessels of the Boulogne flotilla; and, hoping to be able to take advantage of it if any of the craft ventured far from shore, the Rinaldo, 10, Commander James Anderson, and Redpole, 10, Commander Colin M'Donald, hovered about them to windward, and eventually followed a 12-gun prame and a 4-gun brig within the Basse Bank, where an action began between the British vessels and the rear of that part of the flotilla which lay there. No very great amount of harm seems to have been done on either side; but the behaviour of Anderson and M'Donald, in attacking a very superior force, was so spirited as to deserve notice.

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