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Battle of Dogger Bank

5th August 1781
Part of : The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780 - 1784)
Previous action : Attack in Saldanha Bay 21.7.1781
Next action : Patriot vs Cameleon 13.8.1781

 

Dutch Republic

 
Dutch Fleet,
Johan Arnold ZoutmanDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1724-1793
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Erfprins (56) 1770-1783
Dutch 56 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Admiraal Generaal (74) 1764-1795
Dutch 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Jan Hendrik van KinsbergenDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1819
Squadron Flagship
Argo (40) 1772-1787
Dutch 40 Gun
4th Rate Frigate
 
Batavia (50) 1779-1799
Dutch 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Admiraal De Ruiter (68) 1778-1799
Dutch 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 Fleet Flagship
Piet Hein (56) 1774-1799
Dutch 56 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Holland (64) 1761-1781
Dutch 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
  Sunk
 
Dutch Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Eensgezindheid (36) 1779-1796
Dutch 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Zephier (36) 1767-1783
Dutch 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Amphitrite (36) 1770-1795
Dutch 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
 
Bellona (24) 1763-1785
Dutch 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
 
Dolfijn (24) 1780-1799
Dutch 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
 
Ajax (24) 1781-1785
Dutch 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
 
 
Dutch Convoy Escort
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Spion (16) 1781-1783
Dutch 16 Gun
Unrated Corvette
 
Zwaluw (16) 1773-1787
Dutch 16 Gun
Unrated Ship
 
 

Great Britain

 
British Fleet,
Hyde ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1782
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Berwick (74) 1775-1795
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
John FergusonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1814
Dolphin (44) 1781-1817
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
William BlairBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1781
Buffalo (30) 1777-1783
British 30 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
William TruscottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1750-1797
Fortitude (74) 1780-1820
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Fleet Flagship
Princess Amelia (80) 1757-1788
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
John MacartneyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1781
CO Killed
Preston (50) 1757-1815
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Alexander GraemeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1813
,
James SaumarezBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1767-1830
Bienfaisant (64) 1758-1814
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard BrathwaiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1801
 
British Frigates
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Dolphin (44) 1781-1817
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
William BlairBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1781
Artois (40) 1780-1786
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
John MacbrideBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1799
Latona (38) 1781-1816
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Sir Hyde ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
Belle Poule (36) 1780-1801
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Philip PattonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1814
Cleopatra (32) 1779-1814
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
The Hon. George MurrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1796
 
British Convoy Escort
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Iphigenia (32) 1780-1801
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Charles HopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1767-1792
Tartar (28) 1756-1797
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
Robert Manners SuttonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1795
Leith (20) 1777-1782
British 20 Gun
Hired Armed Ship
Peter RotheBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1782
Cabot (14) 1777-1783
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
Henry CromwellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1810
Alert (14) 1779-1792
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James VashonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1763-1821
Busy (14) 1778-1792
British 14 Gun
Unrated Cutter
William FurnivallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1783
Sprightly (10) 1778-1801
British 10 Gun
Unrated Cutter
John Beardmore SwannBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1785
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Surprize (10) 1780-1786
British 10 Gun
Unrated Cutter
Peter RivettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1782
 

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Previous comments on this page

Posted by tony sullivan on Tuesday 9th of June 2015 00:23

missing word from last sentence of Parker's dispatches is 'flatter'


Posted by William Beason on Monday 4th of May 2015 16:21

according to the book Battles of the British Navy ; AD 1000 - 1840 by Joseph Allen A H Bailey & Company 1842.
Hyde Parker's flag ship at the battle of Dogger Bank " Fortitude " had Captain George Robertson as her captain. page 278


Posted by William Beason on Monday 4th of May 2015 16:16

according to the book Battles of the British Navy ; From AD 1000 to 1840 by Joseph Allen 1842. Hyde Parker's flag ship " Fortitude " had Captain George Robertson as her captain. page 278


Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 10th of May 2014 22:46

1781 - Thursday 9
Lieutenant Rivett, of his Majesty's cutter Surpise, brought the following letter to the Admiralty. Fortitude at Sea, Aug. 6, 1781
Sir, Yesterday morning we fell in with the Dutch squadron, with a large convoy, on the Dogger Bank. I was happy to find I had the wind of them, as the great number of their large frigates might otherwise have endangered our convoy. Having separated the men of war from the merchant ships, and made a signal to the last to keep their wind, I bore away with a general signal to chase. The enemy formed their line, consisting of eight two-decked ships, on the star board tack; ours, including the Dolphin, consisted of seven. Not a gun was fired on either side, until within the distance of half a musket shot. The Fortitude then being abreast of the Dutch Admiral, the action began, and continued with an unceasing fire for three hours and forty minutes; by this time our ships were unmanageable. I made an effort to form the line, in order to renew the action, but found it impracticable. The Bienfaisant has lost his main top mast, and the Buffalo his fore yard; the rest of the ships were not less shattered in their masts, rigging, and sails. The enemy appeared to be in as bad a condition. Both squadrons lay-to a considerable time near each other, when the Dutch, with their convoy, bore away for the Texel: We were not in condition to follow them. His Majesty's officers and men behaved with great bravery, nor did the enemy shew less gallantry. The Fortitude was extremely well seconded by Capt. McCartney in the Princess Amelia, but he was unfortunately killed early in the action. Lieutenant Hill has great merit, in so well supporting the conduct of his brave Captain. As there was great probability of our coming into action again, Capt. MacBride very readily obliged me by taking the command of that ship, and I have appointed Mr. Waghorn, my first Lieutenant, to the command of the Artois. This gentleman, although much hurt in the action, refused to leave my side while it lasted. Capt. Graeme, of the Preston, has lost an arm. The enemy's force was, I believe was much superior to what their Lordships apprehended. I ??? myself they will be satisfied that we have done all that was possible with ours.
I am, Sir etc...H. Parker

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