Battle of Ferryland

10th September 1694
Part of : War of the Grand Alliance (1688 - 1697)
Previous action : Bombardment of St Malo 16.11.1693 - 19.11.1693
Next action : Action of 1695-01-18 8.1.1695

Four French vessels, three of them privately funded privateers, attack the harbour at Ferryland (Forillon), Newfoundland. The harbour is defended by 4 shore batteries mounting 30 guns, manned by the crew from the English privateer William and Mary (16) and other vessels in the harbour and commanded by the privateer's captain William Holman.

The lead French vessel, Aigle, ran aground in the entrance, blocking the access of the others. The Aigle was bombarded for 8-hours before finally being towed off.

The French flagship, Gaillard, remained at anchor outside the harbour and took no part in the action.


Royaume de France - Pierre Vidard (Sieur de Saint-Clair) (1648-?)

French Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Gaillard (54) Jacques Duvignau (1645-1702)Fleet Flagship
Le Prudent (44) Jacques Gouin de Beauchêne (1652-1730)
L'Aigle (36) Joannis de Suhigaraychipy (1643-1694), Jacques Duvignau (1645-1702) CO Killed
Le Favory (36) Louis de Harismendy (1645-1706)

Kingdom of England - William Holman

English Defenders
Ship NameCommanderNotes
William and Mary (16) William Holman



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Posted by gauthard serge on Tuesday 28th of June 2016 17:50

gaillard : capitaine de vaisseau : pierre de Saint Clair, second officier : capitaine de frégate : du Vigneau.
pendant le combat du Vigneau prend le commandement de l'aigle.

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