Plan of Attack
The day before the attack, the frigate Prometheus arrived and its captain, Dashwood, attempted to secretly rescue the British Consul and his wife and infant but some of the rescue party was discovered and arrested. The attack was described by the US Consul.
The plan of attack was for the larger ships to approach in a column. They were to sail into the zone where the majority of the Algerian guns could not be brought to bear. Then, they were to come to anchor and bombard the batteries and fortifications on the mole to destroy the defences. Simultaneously, HMS Leander—50 guns—was to anchor off the mouth of the harbour and bombard the shipping inside the mole. To protect Leander from the shore battery, two frigates—HMS Severn and Glasgow—were to sail inshore and bombard the battery.
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