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Attack on Mahaut

28th November 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of Samana 11.11.1808
Next action : Capture of Oyepok, Appruagoc & Cayenne 8.12.1808 - 14.1.1809


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Heureux (16) 1807-1814
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William CoombeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1810
CO Killed

Notes on Action

On November 28th 1808, the boats of the Heureux, 16, Commander William Coombe, who led them, made an unsuccessful attempt to carry off seven vessels from the harbour of Mahaut, in Guadeloupe, whilst a detachment, under Lieutenant Daniel Lawrence, was told off to attack two French batteries, under the guns of which the vessels lay. Two armed vessels were carried, and the landing-party stormed one of the two batteries. The fire of three field-guns on the beach and of the other battery, however, compelled the British boats to retreat. Coombe was killed, and Lawrence wounded

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