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Action at Sabiona

26th May 1811
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action off Madagascar 20.5.1811 - 26.5.1811
Next action : Action of 1811-06-27 27.6.1811


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Sabine (18) 1808-1818
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
George PriceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1812
1 wounded

Notes on Action

On the evening of May 26th 1811, the Sabine, 16, Commander George Price, detached her five boats, under Lieutenants William Usherwood and Patrick Finugane, to attempt to cut out five 2-gun French privateers from the harbour of Sabiona, on the Cadiz station. Although the enemy lay under a battery, each boat boarded and carried a prize without loss; but, during a subsequent successful effort on the part of the French to drag two of the vessels ashore, a Marine was wounded. The three other privateers were brought off. Though Lieutenant Usherwood received high praise for this exploit, he was not made a Commander until July 22nd, 1830.

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