Expedition against Île de Gorée


Fleet CommanderAugustus Keppel (1725-1786)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) 16.10.175829.11.1758Matthew Barton (1716-1795)Fleet disbanded
Lydia 16.10.175829.11.1758 Fleet disbanded
Somerset 16.10.175829.11.1758 Fleet disbanded
Torbay (74) 16.10.17581.3.1759Thomas Owen (c.1718-1796)Fleet disbanded
Pretty Betsey 16.10.17581.3.1759 Fleet disbanded
Prince Edward (44) 16.10.17581.3.1759William Fortescue (d.1775)Fleet disbanded
Roman Emperor (8) 16.10.17581.3.1759William Newson (c.1717-1787)Fleet disbanded
Experiment (24) 16.10.17581.3.1759John Carter Allen (1724-1800)Fleet disbanded
Furnace (8) 16.10.17581.3.1759Jonathon Faulknor (c.1729-1795)Fleet disbanded
Firedrake (10) 16.10.17581.3.1759James Orrok (c.1721-c.1763)Fleet disbanded
Fougueux (64) 16.10.17581.3.1759Joseph Knight (c.1708-1775)Fleet disbanded
Nassau (64) 16.10.17581.3.1759James Sayer (1721-1777)Fleet disbanded
Dunkirk (60) 16.10.17581.3.1759Robert Digby (1732-1815)Fleet disbanded
Samuel and John 16.10.17581.3.1759 Fleet disbanded
Saltash (14) 17.11.17583.1.1759Walter Stirling (1718-1786)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.

 
1758/11/17Saltash (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


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

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