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Battle of Muros

25th July 1543
Part of : Italian Wars (1494 - 1559)

This battle is considered to be the first large naval battle in the Atlantic Ocean .


Royaume de France (Marine Royale) -

25 warships : flagship sunk and 23 ships captured , only 1 ship escaped , more than 3000 casualties , 3000 prisoners .

French Fleet
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Hallebarde 1543-1543
French Privateer
  Captured , boarded by Spain Flagship

Spain -
Álvaro de Bazán (1st Marques de del Viso)Spanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1506-1588

16 warships , largest then French ships : 300 dead and 500 wounded .

Spanish Fleet
Ship NameCommanderNotes

Notes on Action


The French ships were at anchor at Muros on 25 July 1543 when the fleet of the Álvaro de Bazán attacked . In the battle , Álvaro de Bazán set his sights on the flagship of the French Admiral and the French corsair Hallebarde positioned nearby . Seeing that the enemy had the advantage , Álvaro de Bazán rammed and sunk the Admiral Clamorgan's flagship . Once he had sunk the French Admiral's flagship , Álvaro de Bazán turned his attention to the corsair Hallebarde , which his men boarded and captured . The fighting was fierce , lasting nearly two hours , and at the end , the French were decisively defeated . Of the 25 ships that composed the French invasion fleet , only one escaped . Although the Spanish suffered 800 casualties , French casualties exceeded 3000 .


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