Honour - 'Mercure' 1812

Date - 22-February
Type - Single Ship or Boat Service Actions
Conflict - Napoleonic War; 1803-15

Description The action took place near Piran in the Adriatic.

HMS Weazle was accompanying HMS Victorious in the pursuit of the French ships Rivoli accompanied by Mercure, Lena, Mamelouk and 2 smaller gunboats.

Victorious instructed Weazel to engage the accompanying French escorts while she engaged the French flagship Rivoli.

Weazel engaged the Mercure the rearmost French ship at 0415hrs and after a battle lasting 20 minutes Mercure exploded.

Weazel launched boats to rescue survivors but only three were saved.


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