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Battle of Grand Port

Frederic P. Miller

Published December 16th 2009
ISBN : 9786130270711
Paperback
150 pages
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The Battle of Grand Port was a naval battle between squadrons of frigates from the French Navy and the British Royal Navy. The battle was fought during 20-27 August 1810 over possession of the harbour of Grand Port on le de France (modern Mauritius)MoreThe Battle of Grand Port was a naval battle between squadrons of frigates from the French Navy and the British Royal Navy. The battle was fought during 20-27 August 1810 over possession of the harbour of Grand Port on le de France (modern Mauritius) during the Napoleonic Wars. The British squadron of four frigates sought to blockade the port to prevent its use by the French through the capture of the fortified le de la Passe at its entrance. This position was seized by a British landing party on 13 August, and when a French squadron under Captain Guy-Victor Duperr approached the bay nine days later the British commander, Captain Samuel Pym, decided to lure them into coastal waters where his superior numbers could be brought to bear against the French ships. Four of the five French ships managed to break past the British blockade, taking shelter in the protected anchorage, which was only accessible through a series of complicated reefs and sandbanks that were impassable without an experienced harbour pilot. When Pym ordered his frigates to attack the anchored French on 22 and 23 August, his ships became trapped in the narrow channels of the bay: two were irretrievably grounded- a third, outnumbered by the combined French squadron, was defeated- and a fourth was unable to close to within effective cannon range.