The Battle of Algiers

By A Friend of the National Maritime Museum, published November 1941


At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Algerine corsairs continued to prey upon Christian shipping and to enslave their crew and passengers. At the Vienna Congress it became evident that England had to act single-handed. In 1816 Lord Exmouth (Edward Pellew) was given command of a fleet of five ships of the line and fourteen lesser ships with which he succeeded on 27 August, assisted by a Dutch squadron he met a Gibraltar, to destroy the fortifications and ships of Algiers, and to force the Dey to release all slaves, more than 3000 in number, and to pay an indemnity.


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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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