Action of 1806-10-12

12th October 1806
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Action off Rochefort 25.9.1806
Next action : Action off Cape St Martin 13.12.1806


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Constance (22) Alexander Saunderson Burrowes (d.1806) Captured
Sheldrake (16) John Thicknesse
Strenuous (12) John Nugent (1782-?)

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Salamandre (26)   Captured

Notes on Action

After her damages [from the Action of 1806-09-09] had been repaired she started once more on October 12th, and was promptly discovered by the Constance and Strenuous, then in company with the Sheldrake, 16, Commander John Thicknesse, and the hired cutter Britannia. She entered the inlet to the west of Cape Frehel, known as the Bouche d'Erquy, and there went aground, at a point close under a battery of two guns. Field artillery and a few troops at once went down to the beach to support her. In spite of this the Constance, Sheldrake, and Strenuous worked in and opened fire, and, after two hours' hot action, the Salamandre struck. The Constance, however, unhappily lost her Captain, Burrowes, in the action, and went fast aground on the rocks under the battery. She was afterwards got off by the French and taken to St. Malo. The Salamandre was set on fire by her captors and destroyed. In all, the British loss was 10 killed, 23 wounded, and 38 prisoners, who were taken by the French in an attempt to float the Constance. The French loss is unknown, but was probably about 40 killed and wounded.

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