Action of 1741-01-07

7th January 1740/41
Part of : War of the Austrian Succession (1740/12/16 - 1748/10/18)
Next action : Action of 12th April 1742 12.4.1742


Great Britain (Royal Navy) - Aubrey Beauclerk (1710-1740/41)

British Division, Aubrey Beauclerk (1710-1740/41)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Prince Frederick (70) Aubrey Beauclerk (1710-1740/41)Squadron Flagship
Orford (70) Lord Augustus Fitzroy (1716-1741)
Dunkirk (60) Thomas Cooper (d.1760)
Weymouth (60) Charles Knowles (1704-1777)
Rippon (60) Thomas Jolley (d.1741)
Augusta (60) Charles Dennison (d.1742)

Royaume de France (Marine Royale) - d'Espinay de Boisguérould

French Division, d'Espinay de Boisguérould
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Ardent (64) d'Espinay de Boisguérould Squadron Flagship
Le Mercure (60)  
Le Diamant (50)  
La Parfaite (46)  

Notes on Action

Rear-Admiral Sir Challoner Ogle, with a large reinforcement for Vernon and the army intended to attack Havana or Cartagena was passing south of Hispaniola on January 7/18, 1741, he encountered four SOL under French colors that he thought were Spanish masquerading as French. He detached six SOL under Captain Lord Aubrey Beauclerk to chase them. The British came up with the French after dark. The leading ship hailed the French, received an unsatisfactory answer, opened fire, and a desultory night action continued for about half an hour after Capt. Charles Knowles convinced Beauclerk that the strangers were indeed French, and therefore neutral.



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