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Barrington's action at St Lucia, 15 December 1778
When France allied herself with the American rebels in 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the naval commander-in-chief in the West Indies, Rear-Admiral Samuel Barrington, moved very swiftly against the French island of St Lucia. He had been joined by Commodore Hotham on 10 December whose squadron brought him 5000 troops. Sailing on 12 December he landed his men on the beaches of the Grand Cul de Sac on the west side of the island, which was lightly held by the French. Barrington disposed his ships at anchor in a defensive line off the mouth of the bay, to cover the landing and the transports. The troops made a rapid advance into the interior and most of the island was secured by the afternoon of the 15th.
Dominic Serres, the Elder
- Image reference: BHC0422
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection