Action off Cape St Martin

13th December 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Halcyon (16) Henry Whitmarsh Pearse no casualties


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Virgen de Soledad (14)  
Vivaz (12)  

Notes on Action

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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