HMS Unique (1804)
|Beam:||20 ft 8 in (6.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||7 ft 4 in (2.2 m)|
|Armament:||10 or 12 guns|
Unique formed part of Commodore Samuel Hood's squadron at the capture of Surinam River in 1804. The squadron consisted of Hood's flagship Centaur, Pandour, Serapis, Alligator, Hippomenes, Drake, and transports carrying 2000 troops under Brigadier-General Sir Charles Green. Lieutenant Brand went on shore, as did a number of other naval personnel, to participate in the attack. British and Dutch casualties were light, but Brand was severely wounded in the attack on the Dutch shore battery at Fredericki.[Note 1]
On 23 January 1806 Unique encountered a large French privateer. An engagement followed during which Brand was killed. Unique foundered shortly after she surrendered. One mention of the action reports that the French vessel had twice the armament of Unique, and that the British schooner sank with her colours still flying. Brand was reportedly killed while leading an attempt to board the French vessel. All the other British officers also died in the action.
The French buried Brand at Guadeloupe with military honours in "admiration of such bravery". Lloyd's Patriotic Fund awarded Mr. Alexander Brand, George Brand's father, with a grant of 300 guineas in recognition of the lieutenant's service. In his career in the Royal Navy Brand had sustained more than 30 wounds.
Notes, citations, and references
- "No. 15735". The London Gazette. 8 September 1804. p. 1121.
- Winfield (2008), p.264.
- "No. 15712". The London Gazette. 19 June 1804. pp. 761–762.
- James (1837), Vol. 3, pp.288-90.
- "No. 16121". The London Gazette. 20 February 1808. pp. 273–274.
- "No. 16199". The London Gazette. 8 November 1808. p. 1524.
- Hepper (1994), p.113.
- O'Byrne (1849), Vol. 1, fn. p.117.
- The United service journal and naval and military magazine, (1830), p.903.
- Hepper, David J. (1994). British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650-1859. Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot. ISBN 0-948864-30-3.
- James, William (1837). The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV. R. Bentley.
- O’Byrne, William R. (1849) A naval biographical dictionary: comprising the life and services of every living officer in Her Majesty's navy, from the rank of admiral of the fleet to that of lieutenant, inclusive. (London: J. Murray), vol. 1.
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1861762461.