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Raid on Ostend


Fleet Commander
Home Riggs PophamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1820
Fleet Formed14.5.1798
Fleet Disbanded20.5.1798

ShipJoinedLeftCommanderNotes
Expedition (24) 1784-1817
British 24 Gun
5th Rate Ship
14.5.179820.5.1798
John StilesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1807
Fleet disbanded
Blazer (14) 1797-1803
British 14 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Blazer"
14.5.179820.5.1798
Daniel BurgessBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1798
Fleet disbanded
Terrier (14) 1798-1800
British 14 Gun
Hired Brig
14.5.179820.5.1798
Thomas LowenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1798
Fleet disbanded
Vesuve (3) 1795-1802
British 3 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
14.5.179820.5.1798
William ElliotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1801
Fleet disbanded
Crash (14) 1797-1798
British 14 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Crash"
14.5.179820.5.1798
James AndersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1815
,
Bulkley Macworth PraedBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1802
Fleet disbanded
Boxer (14) 1797-1809
British 14 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Boxer"
14.5.179820.5.1798
Thomas GilbertBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1800
Fleet disbanded
Acute (14) 1797-1802
British 14 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Acute"
14.5.179820.5.1798
Jeremiah SeaverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1802
Fleet disbanded
Asp (12) 1797-1803
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Asp"
14.5.179820.5.1798
Joseph EdmondsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1757-1807
,
Isaac FerrieresBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1810
Fleet disbanded
Furnace (12) 1797-1802
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Furnace"
14.5.179820.5.1798
Maurice William SucklingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1801
Fleet disbanded
Vigilant (6) 1793-1801
British 6 Gun
Hired Cutter
14.5.179820.5.1798 Fleet disbanded
Biter (14) 1797-1802
British 14 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1797 Renamed "Biter"
14.5.179820.5.1798
John Denis de VitreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1798
Fleet disbanded
Wolverine (14) 1798-1804
British 14 Gun
Unrated Gun-brig
14.5.179820.5.1798
Donald M'DougallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1802
Fleet disbanded
Hecla (10) 1797-1813
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
14.5.179820.5.1798
James OughtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1825
Fleet disbanded
Tartarus (10) 1797-1804
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
14.5.179820.5.1798
Thomas HandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1803
Fleet disbanded
Circe (28) 1785-1803
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
14.5.179820.5.1798
Robert WinthropBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1807
Fleet disbanded
Vestal (28) 1779-1816
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
14.5.179820.5.1798
Charles WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1799
Fleet disbanded
Ariadne (24) 1776-1814
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
14.5.179820.5.1798
James BradbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1801
Fleet disbanded
Champion (24) 1779-1816
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
14.5.179820.5.1798
Henry RaperBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1841
Fleet disbanded
Hebe (16) 1782-1811
British 16 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1805 Renamed "Blonde"
14.5.179820.5.1798
William BirchallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1802
Fleet disbanded
Minerve (38) 1795-1803
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
14.5.179820.5.1798
George CockburnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1851
Fleet disbanded
Druid (16) 1783-1813
British 16 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
14.5.179820.5.1798
Charles ApthorpeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1802
Fleet disbanded
Harpy (16) 1796-1817
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
14.5.179820.5.1798
Henry BazelyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1816
Fleet disbanded
Savage (14) 1778-1815
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
14.5.179820.5.1798
Norborn ThompsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
Fleet disbanded
Dart (28) 1796-1809
British 28 Gun
Unrated Sloop
14.5.179820.5.1798 Fleet disbanded
Kite (18) 1795-1805
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
14.5.179820.5.1798
William BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1798
,
Charles LydiardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1807
Fleet disbanded

DateEventSource
1798/05Assembled at Margate 
1798/05/14Sailed from Margate 
1798/05/19Anchored off Ostend at 1:00 AM 
1798/05/19The expedition assembled off Margate, sailed for the opposite coast on May 14th, and anchored off Ostend at 1 A.M. on May 19th. Although the weather was most unfavourable, all the troops, with the exception of those on board the Minerve, which had parted company and had not yet rejoined, were at once landed to the north-east of the town without opposition. At about 4.15 A.M., the Ostend batteries, having been alarmed, opened fire upon the nearest British vessels, the Wolverine, Asp, and Biter, and, by about 8.30, had so severely damaged the two former, that Popham signalled to them to weigh and move further out. The Hecla and Tartarus had already begun to shell the town and harbour; and, upon the withdrawal of the Wolverine and Asp, the Dart, Kite, and Harpy took their places as nearly as the fact of its then being low tide would admit. 
1798/05/19At 9.30 A.M. the Minerve rejoined; and her Commander went ashore by Popham's order to report her arrival to the general. Lieut.-Colonel Ward, with part of the First Regiment of Guards, would also have hastened on shore from the Minerve, had he not been stopped and dissuaded while on his way by the prudent counsels of Captain James Bradby, of the Ariadne. 
1798/05/19The lock gates and sluices, together with several gunboats, are said to have been destroyed by the troops at 10.20 A.M.; but at noon, when it was sought to re-embark, the weather was found to render the attempt perfectly hopeless. The British had, in consequence, to remain; and, being attacked on the 20th by the French in force, they were obliged, after they had lost 65 killed and wounded, to capitulate. Among those who surrendered was Commander Mackellar, of the Minerve. It is doubtful whether the objects to be attained justified the risks involved in this unfortunate expedition; it is still more doubtful whether those objects were attained, for the French deny the fact; and it is certain that, whether the objects were attained or not, the troops ought never to have been landed at a time when every indication went to show that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to re-embark them until after the lapse of some days. 

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