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Expedition against Île de Gorée


Fleet Commander
Augustus KeppelBritish
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1743-1783
ref:899
Fleet Formed16.10.1758ref:899
Fleet Disbanded1.3.1759ref:899

Introduction

A British flotilla, with transports carrying 700 troops of Col. La Fausille's regiment (69th Foot) and Col. Forbes regiment (2/76th foot), sent with troops against the French Island of Goree.



ShipJoinedLeftCommanderNotes
Lichfield (50) 1746-1758
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
16.10.175829.11.1758
Matthew BartonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1789
Fleet disbanded
Lydia 1758-1758
British Hired Tender (Bomb Tender)
16.10.175829.11.1758 Fleet disbanded
Somerset 1758-1758
British Hired Transport
16.10.175829.11.1758 Fleet disbanded
Torbay (74) 1749-1784
British 74 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1750 Renamed "Torbay"
16.10.17581.3.1759
Thomas OwenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1759
Fleet disbanded
Pretty Betsey 1758-1759
British Hired Storeship
16.10.17581.3.1759 Fleet disbanded
Prince Edward (44) 1745-1766
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
16.10.17581.3.1759
William FortescueBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1763
Fleet disbanded
Roman Emperor (8) 1757-1763
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
16.10.17581.3.1759
William NewsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1762
Fleet disbanded
Experiment (24) 1740-1763
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
16.10.17581.3.1759
John Carter AllenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1799
Fleet disbanded
Furnace (8) 1740-1763
British 8 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
16.10.17581.3.1759
Jonathon FaulknorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1795
Fleet disbanded
Firedrake (10) 1742-1763
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
16.10.17581.3.1759
James OrrokBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1783
Fleet disbanded
Fougueux (64) 1747-1759
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
16.10.17581.3.1759
Joseph KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1727-1775
Fleet disbanded
Nassau (64) 1740-1770
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
16.10.17581.3.1759
James SayerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1777
Fleet disbanded
Dunkirk (60) 1754-1792
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
16.10.17581.3.1759
Robert DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1805
Fleet disbanded
Samuel and John 1758-1759
British Hired Transport
16.10.17581.3.1759 Fleet disbanded
Saltash (14) 1746-1763
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
17.11.17583.1.1759
Walter StirlingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1785
Fleet disbanded

DateEventSource
1758/09/29

The flottilla began to assemble and prepare at Spithead.

 
1758/10/16

Admiral Keppel when onboard the Torbay.

 
1758/10/18

Sailed from Spithead with elements of Col. La Fausille's regiment on board.

 
1758/10/22

Anchored at Cork. Lichfield, Roman Emperor and the transports whet to Kinsale to embark Col. Forbe's regiment and Lt.-Col Richard Worge who was to become Governor of Senegal.

 
1758/10/26

Put to sea after being delayed by gales, but was forced back by worsening weather.

 
1758/11/11

The gales subsided and the flottilla put to sea.

 
1758/11/17
Saltash (10) 1746-1763
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
joined the fleet
 
1758/11/29
Lichfield (50) 1746-1758
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
left the fleet
 
1758/11/29
Somerset 1758-1758
British Hired Transport
left the fleet
 
1758/11/29
Lydia 1758-1758
British Hired Tender (Bomb Tender)
left the fleet
 
1758/12/20

Sailed from Santa Cruz after a stay of six days.

 
1758/12/27

Rounded Cape Verde

 
1758/12/28

Arrived off Gorée

 
1758/12/29

Bombardment and surrender of Gorée

 
1759/01/03

The Saltash was sent to England with dispatches.

 
1759/01/03
Saltash (10) 1746-1763
British 10 Gun
Unrated Sloop
left the fleet
 
1759/01/23

Sailed from mouth of the Sengal River for home.

 
1759/03/01

Anchored in Portsmouth harbour.

 

Sources


IDNameAuthorType
ref:899The taking of Goree, 1758A. J. Marsh, Book

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