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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) 1797-1806
British 22 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
Alexander Saunderson BurrowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1806
Captured
Sheldrake (16) 1806-1817
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John ThicknesseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1810
Strenuous (12) 1805-1814
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
John NugentBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1841
 

Empire Français

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

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN5
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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