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Battle of Lagos Bay

18th August 1759 - 19th August 1759
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Action between Martinique and St Eustache 11.8.1759
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 BoscawenBritish
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Administrator
Marine
Service 1726-1759

 
Engaged British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Culloden (74) 1747-1770
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Smith CallisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1760
4 killed, 15 wounded
America (60) 1757-1771
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
James KirkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1759
3 killed, 16 wounded
Portland (50) 1744-1763
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Marriot ArbuthnotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1793
6 killed, 12 wounded
Guernsey (50) 1740-1786
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1769 Renamed "Guernsey Hulk"
Mark MilbankeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1802
14 wounded
Warspite (74) 1758-1801
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1780 Renamed "Arundel"
John BentleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
11 killed, 40 wounded
Namur (90) 1756-1804
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
Mathew BuckleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1780
Fleet Flagship 13 killed, 41 wounded
Swiftsure (68) 1750-1773
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas StanhopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1745
5 killed, 32 wounded
Intrepid (60) 1747-1765
British 60 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Edward PrattenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1759
6 killed, 10 wounded
Newark (80) 1747-1787
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
William HolburneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1729
5 wounded
Conqueror (68) 1758-1760
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
William LloydBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1795
2 killed, 6 wounded
Saint Albans (60) 1747-1765
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Edward VernonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1794
6 killed, 2 wounded
 
Unengaged British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Prince (90) 1750-1775
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
Joseph PeytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799
Edgar (60) 1758-1774
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Francis William DrakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1787
Princess Louisa (60) 1744-1766
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Robert HarlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1783
Jersey (60) 1736-1783
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
John BarkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1725-1754
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Lyme (28) 1748-1760
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
James BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1760
Gibraltar (20) 1754-1773
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
William McClevertyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1773
Gramont (18) 1757-1762
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William BennettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1787
 

Royaume de France

 
French Ships,
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Océan (80) 1756-1759
French 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
CarnéFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1759
Fleet Flagship Sunk
Le Téméraire (74) 1749-1759
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
d'HervilleFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1759
Captured
Le Centaure (74) 1757-1759
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Captured 200 casualties
Le Redoutable (74) 1752-1759
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Sunk
Le Souverain (74) 1757-1798
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1792 Renamed "Peuple Souverain"
Joseph de Brunet de Castelpers (Comte de Panat)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1764
Le Guerrier (74) 1753-1798
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Henri II de RochemoreFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1776
Le Modeste (64) 1759-1759
French 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Dulac de MontvertFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1759
Captured
 

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Posted by Rebecca Bandy on Monday 25th of April 2022 00:34

I am trying to find out which of these ships The Honourable John Maitland, Captain of the Marines (Chatham Div.) had been assigned to. In his memorial to the Duke of Newcastle, he'd advised he was the only commissioned officer on the deck when a cannonball carried off his right hand in this engagement. He went on to a distinguished career in America as a major with the Chatham Marines 2nd Light Infantry, and later a Lt.-Col. with the 71st Regiment, being dubbed the Savior of Savannah. Any guidance appreciated!

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