The Action at Anse la Barque, Guadaloupe: 18 December 1809

By H J K Jenkins, published May 1975


In 1809 a series of actions took place in the vicinity of Guadaloupe as a result of British attempts, eventually successful, to capture the island. The article concerns one such action on 18 December when two French frigates (en flute , i.e. with reduced armament to facilitate transport of men and materials) were destroyed while under the protection of a shore battery. Through reference to ships’ logs and other contemporary sources, the details of the action are clarified; it is shown that the ships were destroyed by their own crews and that the battery was evacuated prior to being taken by a shore party.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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