Battle of Cape Ortegal

Strachan's Action

4th November 1805
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805
Next action : Action of San Domingo 6th February 1806


Empire Français

French Squadron, Pierre Etienne René Marie Dumanoir Le Pelley
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Formidable 84Jean-Marie LetellierFleet Flagship c200 Captured
Le Duguay Trouin 74 †c150 Captured
Mont Blanc 74Guillaume Jean Noel La Villegrisc180 Captured
Le Scipion 74Charles Berrengerc200 Captured

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Squadron, Richard John Strachan
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Caesar 80Richard John StrachanFleet Flagship 4 killed, 25 wounded
Namur 74Lawrence William Halstead4 killed, 8 wounded
Hero 74Alan Hyde Gardner 10 killed, 51 wounded
Courageux 74Richard Lee 1 killed, 13 wounded
Santa Margarita 36William Rathborne 1 killed, 1 wounded
Pique 36Charles Bayntun Hodgson Ross 3 wounded
Phoenix 36Thomas Baker 2 killed, 4 wounded
Revolutionaire 36Henry Hotham 2 killed, 6 wounded
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Aeolus 32William Fitzroy


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Posted by Niek van Diepen on Tuesday 15th of September 2015 19:33

Clowes, The Royal Navy Vol V, p 170-174, shows Aeolus, capt Fitzroy at Cape Ortegal, suffering a loss of 3 wounded. Pique (ex-French Pallas) was called Aeolus in 1800-1801. BWAS-1793 places her in the West-Indies. Apparently they have been mixed up.

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