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 Battle of Romsø - HMS ARDENT [64] 1808 or 1809 
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Post Battle of Romsø - HMS ARDENT [64] 1808 or 1809
Does anyone have more details on the land incident quoted below? There seem to be various references in Danish, but I can find only this in English! and was the year 1809 or 1808?
quote from www.ageofnelson.org/
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•In the spring of 1809 ARDENT was in Gothenburg commanded by Capt. Robert HONYMAN.
Shortly after she was stationed in the Great Belt to protect the Baltic trade and her boats were frequently in action against the Danish flotillas.
on 19 April a party of about 80 men under Act. Lieut. David PRICE landed on the island of Romso in the Great Belt to procure wood and water but they were surrounded and captured by 300 Danes who had landed the previous day. Several of the men were either killed or wounded. Lieut. PRICE was taken to the Isle of Fuen but later exchanged.
ARDENT remained in Danish waters with four others while the rest of the fleet sailed eastwards during June to look for Russians.


Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:45 pm
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Robert Honeyman didn't take command of the Ardent until April 1809, so this event can't have been in 1808.

I'll see if I have anything else on the affair, but small scale landings like this tend to be ignored in the greater picture of things

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Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:59 pm
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From Naval wars in the Baltic during the Sailng-Ship epoch 1522 - 1850 by R.C. Anderson.

"On the 19th [May 1809] the English battleship Ardent 64 landed about eighty men for water in the island of Romso, in the Great Belt, and this force was surprised and captured by the Danes"

Also the Naval Chronical - Vol 21, Jan-Jun 1809 notes that Honeyman was appointed to the Ardent by the King on 26th April 1809, so he would have had to fly to get to the Baltic in the same month.

A Lieutenant David Price was commissioned on 28th September 1809 (from Commissioned Officers of the RN)

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Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:40 pm
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One more

from "A Naval Biographical Dictionary: Every Living Officer in Her Majestys Navy" 1849, the Biography of Captain David Price.

"Being nominated, 7 April 1809, acting Lieutenant of the Ardent ... Mr Price was frequently employed in the boats of that ship protecting the trade passing though the great belt. On one occasion while watering with a small party on the island of Ronsoe he fell into the hands of 300 Danes, by whom, however, he was detained but a very short period."

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Should add that o'Byrne confirms that this is the same officer as that commissioned in Sept 1809.

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