Aciton of 1807-08-23

23rd August 1807
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Frederikscoarn 16.8.1807
Next action : Occupation of Madeira 24.12.1807 - 26.12.1807


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Zebra (8) Thomas Whinyates, William Bowles (1780-1869)
Kite (16) Joseph James (d.1837)
Mutine (16) Hew Stewart (1780-?)
Hebe (16) Edward Ellicott (d.1847)
Desperate (12)  
Fearless (12) John Williams (d.1824)
Indignant (12) Horace Petley (d.1826), George Broad
Pincher (12) Sir James Aberdour
Safeguard (12) Robert Balfour
Urgent (12) Peter Rigby
Tigress (12) Edward Nathaniel Greensword (1774-1845)
Thunder (8) George Cocks
Vesuvius (8) Richard Arthur (1779-1854), Richard Arthur (1779-1854)
Aetna (8) William Godfrey (d.1835)

Notes on Action


From the 18th to the 21st, when Gambier declared a blockade of Seeland, there were several affairs of no great importance between the British and Danish small craft; and, in the interval, more troops were disembarked, chiefly in Kjobe Bay, and a battery was erected to the north of the city. On the 22nd, while the army was constructing mortar batteries in advance of this work, three Danish prames, each of 20 guns, and all the gun-vessels, made preparations to interrupt the business; and, in order to repel them, a British flotilla, under Captain Peter Puget, of the Goliath, took up a position inside the Trekroner, over the shoals.

At 10 A.M. on the 23rd, these vessels were furiously attacked by the Trekroner, the prames, the gunboats, and all the Danish vessels within range. They returned the fire briskly until 2 P.M., when, being overpowered, they retired, having lost Lieutenant John Woodford (Cruiser), and three. seamen killed, and Lieutenant John Williams (Fearless), seven seamen and five Royal Marines wounded, and having received a considerable amount of damage. The British shore batteries, however, presently drove off the Danish gun-vessels, with a loss of nine killed and twelve wounded.

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