Nominal Guns10TRN5
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Privateer schooner 'La Matilda' (1805) (10)
Ship TypeSchooner TRN5

1 Commanding Officer

3.7.1805 - 8.1805LieutenantGeorge Pigot (d.1809)TRN5

Service History

3.7.1805A crew was placed on board and the vessel was despatched to the River St. Mary, then the boundary between the Spanish colony of Florida and the United States, to destroy a Spanish privateer which was thought to be lying in the river. The Matilda proceeded twelve miles up the river, under a continual fire from Spanish sharpshooters on the banks, found the privateer moored with two prizes across the river, and then ran aground. Pigot, however, led his men in their boats to the enemy, carried all three craft in succession, turned their fire upon the enemy's sharpshooters, and finally brought them off. The British loss was 2 killed and 14 wounded, among the latter being Pigot himself. The Spaniards are said to have had 25 killed and 22 wounded.TRN5


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