was a wooden sailing ship named after the Trojan hero
of the Iliad
She was owned by the British government and used to transport troops to garrisons across the British Empire during the Napoleonic Wars
. On 23 October 1805 Aeneas
was wrecked on the coast of Newfoundland
with terrible loss of life.
The convoy was a large collection of shipping which was collected in the English port of Falmouth
with the intention of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to supplement the garrison in Quebec
with soldiers of the 100th Regiment of Foot
. In addition to this unit, replacements for regiments already in Canada, the families of the soldiers being sent abroad, several government officials and numerous private passengers also took passage.
The ships were a mix of small warships, government owned transports and private merchantmen gathered together with the hope of safety in numbers from the large number of French privateers
which were operating against British shipping at this time. The disadvantage to this plan was that should some crisis befall the convoy, the damage would be substantially more serious than if it had occurred amongst independently sailing ships. The convoy departed Falmouth on the 29 August, expecting to make landfall in Canada
sometime towards the end of September.
The passage was substantially worse than had been anticipated, with the convoy experiencing severe autumn storms in the North Atlantic, with strong winds and heavy seas. This caused a... Read More