Expedition against Île de Gorée


Fleet CommanderAugustus Keppel (1725-1786)ref:899
Fleet Formed1758/10/16ref:899
Fleet Disbanded1759/03/01ref: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.



ShipJoinedLeftCommander
Lichfield (50) 1758/10/161758/11/29Matthew Barton (1716-1795)
Lydia 1758/10/161758/11/29 
Somerset 1758/10/161758/11/29 
Torbay (90) 1758/10/161759/03/01Thomas Owen (c.1718-1796)
Pretty Betsey 1758/10/161759/03/01 
Prince Edward (44) 1758/10/161759/03/01William Fortescue (d.1775)
Roman Emperor (16) 1758/10/161759/03/01William Newson (d.1787)
Experiment (20) 1758/10/161759/03/01John Carter Allen (1724-1800)
Furnace (8) 1758/10/161759/03/01Jonathon Faulknor (d.1795)
Firedrake (8) 1758/10/161759/03/01James Orrok (d.c.1763)
Fougueux (64) 1758/10/161759/03/01Joseph Knight (d.1775)
Nassau (70) 1758/10/161759/03/01James Sayer (1721-1777)
Dunkirk (60) 1758/10/161759/03/01Robert Digby (1732-1815)
Samuel and John 1758/10/161759/03/01 
Saltash (10) 1758/11/171759/01/03Walter Stirling (1718-1786)

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.

 
1758/11/17Saltash (10) joined the fleet 
1758/11/29Lichfield (50) left the fleet 
1758/11/29Somerset left the fleet 
1758/11/29Lydia 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.

 
1759/01/03Saltash (10) left the fleet 
1759/01/23

Sailed from mouth of the Sengal River for home.

 
1759/03/01

Anchored in Portsmouth harbour.

 

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
ref:899The taking of Goree, 1758A. J. MarshBook