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 Sourdis (1593-1645)

 
First Squadron, Sir Joseph Montigny

6 vessels with 5 fireships

Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Europe (34) Sir Joseph MontignySquadron Flagship
La Vierge (34) Jacques Le Roy (Sieur d'Aplemont ) (1595-1673)
Le Cygne (30) Chevalier Hercule de Cange (1594-1642)
La Licorne (30) La Chesnaye (d.1651)
Le Coq (30) Sir George Chastellux
Le Fortuné (30) Casenac
 
Second Squadron, Commandeur Henri d'Escoubleau de Sourdis (1593-1645)

7 vessels and 1 fireship

Ship NameCommanderNotes
La Madeleine (24) Louis Havart de Senantes
Espérance (24) Chevalier Jean-Augustin Garnier de Rousset (d.1649)
Le Dauphin (24) Boisjoly de St-Malo
Le Neptune Paul de Fortia (Chevalier ) (1598-1667)
 
Second Squadron Rear Guard
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Intendant (24) Jean Guiton (1585-1654)
Saint Jean de Bordeaux (20) Abraham II Duquesne (1610-1688)
 
Third Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Cardinal (42) Martin, Charles Coupeauville (Chevalier )
La Reine (40) Arrerac (Chevalier )
Le Triomphe (30) Jacques Le Roy (Sieur d'Aplemont ) (1595-1673), Guillaume de Caen
 
Fireship Squadron

Seven (7) fireships.

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

Spain (Armada Real)

 
Spanish Warships

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

Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

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