HMS Electra (1806)
|Ordered:||19 July 1805|
|Builder:||James Betts, Mistleythorn|
|Laid down:||October 1805|
|Launched:||23 January 1806|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||16-gun brig-sloop|
|Tons burthen:||28477⁄94 (bm)|
|Beam:||26 ft 6 in (8.1 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft 0 1⁄2 in (3.7 m)|
On 17 February 1808, Major General John Coape Sherbrooke ordered the evacuation of the British troops at the castle of Scylla (Scilla, Calabria. Italy). Trollope commanded the boats that brought out the troops. British casualties were light.
On 25 March 1808, Electra was returning to Port Augusta, Sicily, with payroll for the troops on Sicily. As she was working her way into the bay at 8 a.m. she hit the outer edge of a reef. By mid-afternoon all efforts to save her had failed and she was awash. The decision was made to abandon her.
The subsequent court martial faulted Trollope for having tried to enter an unfamiliar port without calling for a pilot and for failing to use a lead. The court martial ordered that Trollope be put at the bottom of the list of commanders. The court martial also reprimanded Lieutenant Richard Connelly for having left the deck while Electra was on the reef.
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