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Capture of Samana

11th November 1808
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Thetis 10.11.1808
Next action : Attack on Mahaut 28.11.1808


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Franchise (36) 1803-1815
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Charles DashwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1815
Daedalus (32) 1780-1811
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Aurora (28) 1777-1814
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Sir George Francis SeymourBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1866
John DuerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1810
Pert (18) 1808-1813
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William Sumner HallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1815
Reindeer (16) 1804-1814
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Peter John DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1812

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Guerrier (5) 1808-1808
French 5 Gun
Privateer Schooner
L'Exchange (5) 1808-1808
French 5 Gun
Privateer Schooner

Notes on Action

On November 11th, the Franchise, 36, Captain Charles Dashwood, Aurora, 28, Daedalus, 32, Reindeer, 16, and Pert, 14, seized the harbour of Samana in San Domingo without opposition, just before the batteries which the French were erecting had been completed. The move was important, as it secured British shipping from the attacks of the privateers, who had always made that place a principal base.

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