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Loss of the Resolution

19th March 1706/7 - 20th March 1706/7

On 13 March 1706-7, with the Enterprise and Milford frigates in company, he sailed from Barcelona for Genoa, carrying as passengers his father, the Earl of Peterborough, and an ambassador from the titular king of Spain to the Duke of Savoy. On the 19th he fell in with a French squadron of six ships of the line, newly out of Toulon, and which, with clean bottoms, came up fast with the English. The Earl of Peterborough and the ambassador went on board the Enterprise, which, with the Milford, effected her escape. By daybreak of the 20th the enemy's ships were well up with and engaged the Resolution, which defended herself stoutly. In the afternoon, when she was much shattered, Mordaunt ran her ashore near Ventimiglia. The French then sent in their boats to burn her, but these were beaten off. During the night an 80-gun ship succeeded in getting within gunshot, and as the Resolution was by this time full of water, and her magazine drowned, it was resolved to set her on fire and abandon her. This was done during the morning of the 21st; her men were all landed, and by eleven o'clock the ship was burnt to the water. Mordaunt was severely wounded in the leg, and obliged to return to England, which he did overland, through France, on a passport readily given on his father's request. On 25 Nov. 1709 he was tried by court-martial for the loss of his ship, and acquitted, the court resolving that he had behaved with 'great courage and conduct'


Kingdom of England

British vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Resolution (70) 1705-1707
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
The Hon. Henry MordauntBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1699-1707
Enterprise (24) 1705-1707
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
William DavenportBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1707
Escaped during the night of the 19/20th
Milford (36) 1705-1720
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Philip StanhopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1701-1708
Escaped during the night of the 19/20th

Royaume de France

French squadron

6 vessels

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Toulouse (62) 1703-1711
French 62 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Chevalier Vincent d'Irrumberry de Salaberry de BennevilleFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1684-1750



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