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Action of 6-8 June 1755

6th June 1755 - 8th June 1755
Part of : French and Indian War (1754 - 1763)
Previous action : British attack on Fort Beauséjour 22.5.1755 - 14.6.1755
Next action : Capture of the Warwick 11.3.1756

On the 6th June, 1755, near the entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, [Boscawen's British squadron happened] to fall in with four sail of the line, which had parted from M. de la Motte in a gale of wind, he chased them for two days. On the 8th at noon, the Dunkirk, Captain the Hon. Richard Howe, having arrived up with the sternmost French ship, the Alcide, 64, it may be said declared war; for, after some little preliminary hailing, he opened so furious a cannonade, that on the approach of the Torbay, the French ship struck her colours.

A second ship—the Lys, 64—en-flute, was also captured; but a fog shortly afterwards came on, and the third escaped. Thus was this war, commonly called in history "The Seven Years' War" commenced.


Great Britain (Royal Navy) -
The Hon. Edward BoscawenBritish
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Service 1726-1759

British Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Torbay (74) 1749-1784
British 74 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1750 Renamed "Torbay"
Charles ColbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1763
Squadron Flagship
Fougueux (64) 1747-1759
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard SpryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1775
Dunkirk (60) 1754-1792
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Richard HoweBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1799
Defiance (60) 1744-1766
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas AndrewsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1756

Royaume de France (Marine Royale)

French Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Alcide (64) 1743-1755
French 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Chevalier Toussaint Hocquart de BlincourtFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1717-1761
Le Lys (64) 1746-1755
French 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
  Captured Armed en-flute with 22 guns.
Le Dauphin Royal (74) 1738-1783
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
  Armed en-flute with 24 guns.



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