Battle of Grenada

6th July 1779
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Capture of the Revenge 5th June 1779
Next action : Penobscot Expedition 24th July 1779 - 12th August 1779


Great Britain

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Princess Royal (90) 98William Blair
Fame (74) 74James Burchart
Cornwall (74) 74Timothy Edwards
Albion (74) 74George Bowyer
Prince of Wales (74) 74Benjamin Hill
Suffolk (74) 74Hugh Cloberry Christian7 killed, 25 wounded
Magnificent (74) 74John Elphinstone
Royal Oak (74) 74Thomas Fitzherbert
Elizabeth (74) 74Frederick Maitland
Grafton (74) 74Thomas Collingwood
Conqueror (74) 74Harry Harmood
Sultan (74) 74Alan Gardner
Boyne (68) 68Herbert Sawyer
Yarmouth (64) 64Nathaniel Bateman
Trident (64) 64Anthony James Pye Molloy
Monmouth (64) 64Robert Fanshawe
Nonsuch (64) 64William Hotham
Stirling Castle (64) 64Robert Carkett
Lion (64) 64The Hon. William Cornwallis
Vigilant (64) 64Sir Digby Dent
Medway (60) 60William Affleck4 wounded
Boreas (28) 28Charles Thompson
Proserpine (28) 28George Anson Byron
Ariadne (20) 20Thomas Pringle

Royaume de France

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
L'Annibal (74) 74Chevalier Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet (Comte de la Motte)
Fendant (74) 74 de Vaudreuil (Marquis de Vaudreuil)
Vengeur (64) 64 



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Posted by Brian on Friday 12th of February 2016 17:52

July 6th, 1779.
Extracts of Admiral Byron's Letter.

"IT being my intention to be off Saint George's Bay soon after day-break, I
drew the ships of war from among the transports ; leaving the Suffolk, Vigilant,
and Monmouth, under Rear Admiral Rowley, for their protection. " Soon after daylight on Tuesday the 6th, the French squadron was seen off Saint George's, getting under way, seemingly in great confusion, and with little
or no wind. The signal was immediately made for a general chase, and for the ships to engage and form as they could get up. In consequence of which, Vice Admiral Barrington, in the Prince of Wales, with Captain Sawyer in the Boyne,and Captain Gardner in the Sultan, being the headmost and carrying a press of sail, were soon fired upon at a great distance ; which they did not return till they got considerably nearer. But the enemy getting the breeze, drew out their line by bearing away and forming to leeward on the starboard tack ; when it was
plainly discovered they had 34 sail of ships of war.
" The general chase was continued, and the signal made for close engagement; but the enemy industriously avoided it, by always bearing away when our ships got near them," &c. " and being to leeward they did great damage to the masts and rigging, when our shot could not reach them. The ships that suffered most were those the action began with; the ships of Captains Collingwood, Edwards, and Cornwallis: the spirited example of Admiral Barrington exposed them to a severe fire in making the attack. The Monmouth likewise suffered exceedingly,by Captain Fanshawe's having bore down, in a very gallant manner, to stop the van of the enemy's squadron, and bring it to action. The Suffolk also, having
suffered considerably by the attack of Rear Admiral Rowley on the van, I took in the signal for chase, but continued that for close action ; formed the best line which circumstances would admit of; and kept the wind, to prevent the enemy from doubling upon us, and cutting off the transports," &c.

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