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Action off Cape St Martin

13th December 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action of 1806-10-12 12.10.1806
Next action : Action of 1806-12-17 17.12.1806

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Halcyon (16) 1803-1812
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Henry Whitmarsh PearseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1810
no casualties
 

Spain

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Virgen de Soledad (14) 1806-1806
Spanish 14 Gun
Unrated
 
Vivaz (12) 1806-1806
Spanish 12 Gun
Unrated
 
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On December 13th, the Halcyon, 16, Commander Henry Whitmarsh Pearse, cruising off the eastern coast of Spain, sighted, 20 miles from Cape San Martin, the armed vessels Neptune, Dios de los Mares, 14, Virgen de Soledad, 14, and Vivaz, 12. Some distance away from these three were five settees following them. The Halcyon boldly attacked the three larger vessels, drove off with her fire the Virgen de Soledad and Vivaz, drew alongside the Neptune, and captured her all this, too, without any loss to the British. The settees, when they saw what had happened, beat a prompt retreat.


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