Battle of Cape Ortegal

Strachan's Action

4th November 1805
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Battle of Trafalgar 21.10.1805
Next action : Action of San Domingo 6.2.1806


Empire Français

French Squadron, Pierre Etienne René Marie Le Pelley du Manoir (1770-1829)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Formidable (84) Jean-Marie Letellier (1767-1830)Fleet Flagship c200 Captured
Le Duguay Trouin (74)  †c150 Captured
Mont Blanc (74) Guillaume Jean Noel La Villegris (1752-1807)c180 Captured
Le Scipion (74) Charles Berrenger (1757-1814)c200 Captured

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

British Squadron, Sir Richard John Strachan (6th Baronet of Thornton, Kincardine) (1760-1828)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Caesar (80) Sir Richard John Strachan (6th Baronet of Thornton, Kincardine) (1760-1828)Fleet Flagship 4 killed, 25 wounded
Namur (74) Lawrence William Halstead4 killed, 8 wounded
Hero (74) Alan Hyde Gardner (1770-1815) 10 killed, 51 wounded
Courageux (74) Charles Boyles, Richard Lee 1 killed, 13 wounded
Santa Margarita (36) Wilson Rathborne (1748-1831) 1 killed, 1 wounded
Pique (36) Charles Bayntun Hodgson Ross 3 wounded
Phoenix (36) Thomas Baker (1771-1845) 2 killed, 4 wounded
Revolutionaire (36) Henry Hotham (1777-1833) 2 killed, 6 wounded
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Aeolus (32) William Fitzroy (1782-1857)



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Posted by Niek van Diepen on Tuesday 15th of September 2015 19:33

Clowes, The Royal Navy Vol V, p 170-174, shows Aeolus, capt Fitzroy at Cape Ortegal, suffering a loss of 3 wounded. Pique (ex-French Pallas) was called Aeolus in 1800-1801. BWAS-1793 places her in the West-Indies. Apparently they have been mixed up.

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