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Action of 9th September 1806

9th September 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Chase of the Vétéran 26.8.1806
Next action : Destruction of the Impétueux 14.9.1806

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Constance (22) 1797-1806
British 22 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
Alexander Saunderson BurrowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1806
Sharpshooter (12) 1805-1816
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
John GoldieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1815
Strenuous (12) 1805-1814
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
John NugentBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1841
 

Allied (Empire Français & Malta)

 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Salamandre (26) 1806-1806
French 26 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
 
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
On September 9th, the Constance, 22, Captain Alexander Saunderson Burrowes, Sharpshooter, 14, Lieutenant John Goldie, and Strenuous, 14, Lieutenant John Nugent, whilst cruising off St. Malo, sighted the French ship Salamandre, 26, armed en flute, on her way from St. Malo to Brest with ship-timber. The Salamandre, having no chance against the squadron, precipitately ran ashore to the east of Cape Frehel. There she had the help of a battery ashore, and of a number of troops on the beach. Owing to the strength of her position, the three British vessels were unable to send their boats in to destroy her. They considered that she must beat to pieces on the reefs, and they withdrew. No sooner, however, were they gone than she got afloat again and returned to St. Malo.


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