The Disruption of H.M.S. Flora’s Convoy, 1776

By David Syrett, published November 1970


The 1776 attempt to convey the 42nd and 71st Regiments from Scotland to America illustrates the problems inherent in transporting troops across the Atlantic during the American Revolution. Comprising 33 transports escorted by HMS Flora, the convoy scattered in a storm off the Scilly Isles on 5 May.   While 9 transports reformed with Flora 24 continued towards Boston independently, with 6 of them captured. The loss of these vessels and the 571 men and equipment aboard was a result of poor communication, bad weather, poor judgement, and shortcomings in the British blockade of Boston.

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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