In July 1805, a fleet sailed from England to recapture the Cape. Janssens, who, from the time he learned that the English and French were again at war, knew that an attack would be made on the Cape, had done his utmost to strengthen the defences of the Colony. But he had nothing like enough forces at his disposal.
On January 4, 1806, the British fleet dropped anchor between Robben Island and the shore.
In July 1651 Jan van Riebeeck submitted a viability report to the DIEC, to establish a refreshment post at the Cape of Good HopeThis certainly impressed the Lords 17, and van Riebeeck was apponited as Commander of the Cape.