Capture of the San Joaquín

7th August 1711
Part of : War of Spanish Succession (1701 - 1714)
Previous action : Action off Cartagena 17th July 1711
Next action : Capture of Omoa 15th September 1779 - 20th October 1779

 

Great Britain

 
British Squadron, James Littleton
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Salisbury 50Sir Francis HosierFleet Flagship
Jersey 54Edward Vernon
Salisbury Prize -> 1716 Preston 50Robert Harland
Newcastle 50Sampson Bourne
Weymouth 50Richard Lestock
Anglesea 50Thomas Legge
Fowey -> 1744 Queenborough 40Robert Chadwick
 

Spain

 
Spanish Ships, Miguel Agustin Villanueva
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
San Joaquín 64Pedro García de Asarte Captured
 

Notes on Action


Description 

On August 7 the galleon San Joaquin, in company with a tender, sees a squadron that it thinks are the vessels of the French fleet. Actually it was the English squadron of Commodore Littleton, who had sailed from Port Royal, Jamaica, on 26 July.

When Villanueva realizes the error it is too late and he decides to confront the British. The San Joaquin eventually surrendered, but only after Villanueva was killed by a musket ball. The British had one dead and six wounded. The tender accompanying the ship would be captured by the Jersey.



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