Battle of Lagos Bay

18th August 1759 - 19th August 1759
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Blockade of Port Louis 8.1759 - 9.1759
Next action : Battle of Neuwarp 10.9.1759

On 5th August 1759 French Admiral Comte de la Clue, with 12 ships of the line and 3 frigates escaped from Toulon while the British blockading fleet, under Admiral Boscawen, was off station re-supplying at Gibraltar. De la Clue passed the straits on the night of the 17/18th when he was spotted by Boscawen’s scouts. In the morning only seven French ships were under de la Clue’s command, the rest having separated during the night. Pursued by the British three were taken and two driven ashore and destroyed. The remainder escaped to Cadiz where they were blockaded.


Great Britain (Royal Navy) - The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)

Engaged British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Culloden (74) Smith Callis (1709-1761) 4 killed, 15 wounded
America (60) James Kirk (c.1721-1787) 3 killed, 16 wounded
Portland (50) Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) 6 killed, 12 wounded
Guernsey (50) Mark Milbanke (1724-1805) 14 wounded
Warspite (74) John Bentley (1703-1772)11 killed, 40 wounded
Namur (90) Mathew Buckle (1716-1784)Fleet Flagship 13 killed, 41 wounded
Swiftsure (68) Thomas Stanhope (c.1718-1770)5 killed, 32 wounded
Intrepid (60) Edward Pratten (c.1715-1763) 6 killed, 10 wounded
Newark (80) William Holburne (c.1711-1760)5 wounded
Conqueror (68) William Lloyd (1725-1796)2 killed, 6 wounded
Saint Albans (60) Edward Vernon (1723-1794) 6 killed, 2 wounded
Unengaged British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Prince (90) Joseph Peyton (1725-1804)
Edgar (60) Francis William Drake (1724-1787)
Princess Louisa (60) Robert Harland (c.1715-1783)
Jersey (60) John Barker (c.1706-1776)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Lyme (28) James Baker (d.1765)
Gibraltar (20) William McCleverty (1725-1779)
Gramont (18) William Bennett (d.1790)

Royaume de France

French Ships, Jean-François de Bertet de Sabran (Comte de la Clue) (1696-1764)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Océan (80)  Fleet Flagship Sunk
Le Téméraire (74)   Captured
Le Centaure (74)   Captured 200 casualties
Le Redoutable (74) Paul-Hippolyte de Beauvilliers (1712-1788) Sunk
Le Souverain (74)  
Le Guerrier (74) Henri de Rochemore (1702-1778)
Modeste (64)   Captured



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