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Action of 31 Jan. 1747/48

31st January 1747/48 (1748/02/11 NS)
Part of : War of the Austrian Succession (1740/12/16 - 1748/10/18)
Previous action : 2nd Battle of Cape Finisterre 14.10.1747
Next action : Battle of Havana 12.10.1748


Great Britain (Royal Navy) -
Robert HarlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1783

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Nottingham (60) 1745-1773
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Robert HarlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1783
16 killed and 18 wounded
Portland (50) 1744-1763
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Charles SteevensBritish
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Service 1729
4 wounded

Royaume de France (Marine Royale) -

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Magnanime (74) 1744-1748
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 45 killed and 105 wounded Captured

Notes on Action


Admiralty - Office , March 4

On the 31st january last, in the morning, Sir Edward Hawke being on a Cruize in the Soundings with a Squadron of his Majesty's Ships, made signals for the Nottingham of 60 Guns, commanded by Captain Harland and the Portland of 50 Guns, commanded by Captain Steevens, to give chace to a sail seen in the North West: The Nottingham came up with the chace about Ten o'Clock, and began to engage, and the Portland did the like about an hour afterwards, both sides firing only their upper Deck Guns, there being too great a sea for any other about Four in the Afternoon the ship they had engaged struck her colours, and hoisted an English Jack. She proved to be the Magnanime French Ship of War, of 74 Guns and 686 Men , commanded by the Marquis d'Abert, Chef d'Escadre, which sailed from Brest the first of January O. S. in companys with the Alcide of 64 Guns, Arc-en-Ciel of 54 and a Frigate , which were to be joined at Cadiz, or the Cape de Verd Islands, by the Conquerant of 74, the Content of 64, and Oriflame of 54 Guns, from Toulon , in order to proceed to the East Indies. In Lat. 45. 24. NQ about 120 Leagues from Cape Finisterre, the Magnanime lost her topmasts in a hard gale of wind, in the night of the 27th of January, and parted company with the other Ships, and was returning to Brest to get other masts, when she was taken as abovementioned , and was brought into Plymouth on the 2 Instant (March)

From Tuesday March 1 , to Saturday March 5, 1747 in the London Gazette


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Posted by Cy on Thursday 5th of August 2021 07:00

All about Julian and Gregorian dates. See 'Definitions' for a breakdown of them. Of course Russia, Sweden and indeed America, also still used the Julian calendar at this time.

Posted by Albert Parker on Thursday 5th of August 2021 05:03

This action was fought in 1748 in everyone's calendar but the British government's (February 11 everywhere in Catholic and Protestant Europe except Sweden and Great Britain).

In the British government's calendar, March 25, 1747 was 10 months before January 31, 1747, being "New Year's Day" for the official year 1747.

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