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Battle of Guetaria

Battle of Getaria

22nd August 1638
Part of : Franco-Spanish War (1635 - 1659)
Previous action : Siege of Fuenterrabía 6.1638 - 9.1638
Next action : Battle of Cádiz 22.7.1640

Blockade and attack with fireships of the Spanish fleet by the French. Between four and five thousand Spanish casualties and 17 or 18 vessels destroyed, only 1 frigate escaped. French casualties numbered approximatly 40 dead.

 

Royaume de France (Marine Royale) -
Commandeur Henri d'Escoubleau de SourdisFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Marine
Soldier
Service 1636-1642

 
First Squadron,
Sir Joseph MontignyFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1586-1686

6 vessels with 5 fireships

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Europe (34) 1626-1645
French 34 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
Sir Joseph MontignyFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1586-1686
Squadron Flagship
La Vierge (34) 1638-1660
French 34 Gun
2nd Rate Ship
Jacques Le Roy (Sieur d'Aplemont )French
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1636-1638
Le Cygne (30) 1629-1648
French 30 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
Chevalier Hercule de CangeFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1627-1639
La Licorne (30) 1626-1643
French 30 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
La ChesnayeFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1638-1651
Le Coq (30) 1628-1643
French 30 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
Sir George ChastelluxFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1589-1689
Le Fortuné (30) 1626-1650
French 30 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
CasenacFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1638
 
Second Squadron,
Commandeur Henri d'Escoubleau de SourdisFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Marine
Soldier
Service 1636-1642

7 vessels and 1 fireship

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Madeleine (24) 1635-1655
French 24 Gun
4th Rate Ship
Louis Havart de SenantesFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1638
Espérance (24) 1627-1654
French 24 Gun
5th Rate Ship
1628 Renamed "Espérance"
Chevalier Jean-Augustin Garnier de RoussetFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1625-1647
Le Dauphin (24) 1638-1662
French 24 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
Boisjoly de St-MaloFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1638-1640
Le Neptune 1636-1636
French Unrated
Paul de Fortia (Chevalier )French
Naval Sailor
Service 1619-1667
 
Second Squadron Rear Guard
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Intendant (24) 1628-1641
French 24 Gun
4th Rate Ship
Jean GuitonFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Marine
Soldier
Service 1621-1646
Saint Jean de Bordeaux (20) 1626-1641
French 20 Gun
4th Rate Ship
1638 Renamed "Saint Jean de Bordeaux"
Abraham II DuquesneFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1636-1684
 
Third Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Cardinal (42) 1638-1662
French 42 Gun
2nd Rate Ship
MartinFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1638
,
Charles Coupeauville (Chevalier )French
Naval Sailor
Service 1585-1638
La Reine (40) 1627-1639
French 40 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
Arrerac (Chevalier )French
Naval Sailor
Service 1591-1691
Le Triomphe (30) 1638-1662
French 30 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
Jacques Le Roy (Sieur d'Aplemont )French
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1636-1638
,
Guillaume de CaenFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1638
 
Fireship Squadron

Seven (7) fireships.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Chasseur 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
  Expended as fireship
La Fortune 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
  Expended as fireship
L'Ours 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
  Expended as fireship
Saint Claude de Honfleur 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
 
Saint Jean Baptiste 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
  Expended as fireship
Saint Louis d'Olonne 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
  Expended as fireship
Soleil 1638-1638
French Unrated Fireship
  Expended as fireship
 

Spain (Armada Real)

 
Spanish Warships

18 vessels, all but 1 destroyed in a fireship attack.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

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