Battle of the Chesapeake

Battle of the Virginia Capes

Battle of the Capes

5th September 1781
Fought at : Chesapeake Bay
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Action off Sandy Hook 15th August 1781
Next action : Viper v General Conway 12th September 1781


Great Britain

British Rear, Sir Francis Samuel Drake
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Alfred 74William Bayneno casualties
Belliqueux 64James Brineno casualties
Invincible 74Sir Charles Saxtonno casualties
Barfleur 98Alexander Arthur HoodSquadron Flagship no casualties
Monarch 74Francis Reynoldsno casualties
Centaur 74 no casualties
British Center, Thomas Graves
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
America 64Samuel Thompsonno casualties
Bedford 74Thomas Gravesno casualties
Resolution 74Lord Robert Manners3 killed, 16 wounded
London 90James KempthorneFleet Flagship 4 killed, 18 wounded
Royal Oak 74John Plummer Ardesoif4 killed, 5 wounded
Montagu 74George Bowen8 killed, 22 wounded
Europe 64Smith Child9 killed, 18 wounded
British Van, Samuel Hood
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Terrible 74The Hon. William Clement Finch4 killed, 21 wounded
Ajax 74Nicholas Charrington7 killed, 16 wounded
Princessa 70Charles KnatchbullSquadron Flagship 6 killed, 11 wounded
Alcide 74Charles Thompson2 killed, 18 wounded
Intrepid 64Anthony James Pye Molloy21 killed, 35 wounded
Shrewsbury 74Mark Robinson14 killed, 52 wounded
Ships not in the Line
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Fortunee 38Hugh Cloberry Christian
Nymphe 36John Ford
Orpheus 32John Colpoys
Richmond 32Charles Hudson
Medea 28Henry Duncan
Sibyl 28Charles Fitzgerald
Solebay 28Charles Everitt
Salamander 8Edward Bowater

Royaume de France

French Van, Louis Antoine Bougainville (Comte de Bougainville)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Pluton 74 François Hector d'Albert (Chevalier )
Marseillais 74 Henri-César Masjastre (Marquis de Castellane Masjastre)
Bourgogne 74 Charles Charitte (Comte de Charitte)
Refléchi 64Jean François Emmanuel Brune de Boades CO Killed
L'Auguste 84Pierre Joseph CastellanSquadron Flagship 10 killed, 58 wounded
Le Diadème 74Louis Augustin Montecerc
Le Saint Esprit 80Joseph Bernard Chabert
Caton 64 de Framond (Comte )
French Center, Chevalier Louis René Levassor de La Touche
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Le César 74Jean Charles Régis Coriolis d'Espinouse
Le Destin 74 François-Louis-Edme-Gabriel Maitz de Goimpy (Comte du Maitz de Goimpy)
Ville de Paris 104 VelleonFleet Flagship
La Victoire 74Joseph François Auguste Jules d'Albert de Saint-Hippolyte
Sceptre 74Chevalier Louis-Philippe de Rigaud (Comte de Vaudreuil)
Le Northumberland 74 de Briqueville (Marquis )
Le Palmier 74Lord Jean François Bricqueville (Baron d'Arros d'Argelos)
La Solitaire 64 Cicé-Champion (Comte de Cicé-Champion)
French Rear, François-Aymar Monteil (Comte de Monteil)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Le Citoyen 74 Alexandre de Thy (Comte d'Ethy)
Scipion 74 Pierre Antoine de Clavel (Comte )
Magnanime 74 Le Bègue (Comte )
Hercule 74Jean Baptiste Turpin du Breuil
La Languedoc 90 ArgelosSquadron Flagship
Le Zélé 74Balthazar Gras-Préville
Le Hector 74Laurent-Emanuel Renaud d'Aleins
Le Souverain 74Lord Jean-Baptiste de Glandevès du Castellet (Baron de Glandevès)
Ships not in the Line
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes


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