A Journal of the Walcheren Expedition, 1809

By David Yarrow, published May 1975


The article consists of extracts of a journal kept by Joseph Palmer Wrangle, thought to be an Ensign with the Marine Artillery who served aboard HM Sloop of War Galqo. This ship was fitted with Congreve rockets and the inventor, Sir William Congreve came aboard the ship on several occasions. The journal records the delays and misfortunes that hit the amphibious expedition on the Scheldt and the appalling suffering of some of the troops before the expedition was abandoned. The journal throws some light on the early use of Congreve rockets and on the attitudes of those caught up in a major, but mismanaged, amphibious operation.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Weapons

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